Public Sector Pay

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 2017.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 12:00 am, 24th October 2017

It seems that the right hon. Gentleman cannot take yes for an answer. There is not a public sector pay cap. We have said that individual Secretaries of State will be responsible for making proposals on their workforces dependent on specific circumstances. We are facing very different issues in the NHS and in the armed forces. What is important is that we look at the evidence and make sure that we can recruit and retain the best possible workers in the public sector, but we also need to make sure that we do not price out of the market people working in the private sector.