To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that employees of (a) his Department, (b) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (c) the Northern Ireland Courts Service receive settlement terms and back-pay the same as those awarded to civil servants in equivalent paybands working for departments of the Northern Ireland Executive under the Northern Ireland Civil Service Equal Pay Settlement.
The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance has indicated that they would like to discuss this matter with NIO management and a meeting has been arranged. Discussions are ongoing with PSNI on whether there are equal pay issues to be addressed.
Prior to the devolution of policing and justice functions, it is for the Northern Ireland Courts Service to consider any equal pay matters relevant to that organisation.
The NIO has its own pay and grading arrangements and does not accept that there are equal pay issues to be addressed in the Department. This will of course be a matter for discussion with the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance.