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Police pay

Asked that in the light of the £2.7billion tax cut, did the Prime Minister still think it was right to deny police officers back-dated pay, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister thought it was absolutely right to take the difficult decisions that we took on public sector pay, including on police pay. That had helped keep inflation lower than it might otherwise have been, and that in turn had enabled the Bank of England to reduce interest rates three times in recent months.

Asked if the Court of Appeal’s decision on police pay would be made next week, the PMS replied that the process was being judicially reviewed at the moment, but he was not sure of the exact timetable.

Asked if we would abide by the decision, the PMS replied that of course we would abide by any outcome of a judicial review.

Asked where this would leave Jacqui Smith, the PMS replied that his understanding was that the judicial review was about process, but he was not going to start answering hypothetical questions about outcomes of judicial reviews that had not yet concluded.

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