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MPs’ Pay

Asked why the Prime Minister thought it was important that MPs voted for a 2.25% pay rise, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that we had released a Written Ministerial Statement about this on 17th June which made clear that it was important that MPs set an example at a time of wider public sector pay restraint.

Asked what the Prime Minister had to say about the argument that there was no point having independent reviews if the conclusions of those reviews were then overruled, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would say that there was another consideration, which was the example that MPs set in relation to public sector pay more generally.

Put that the Government brushed aside reviews, the PMS said that in relation to MPs’ pay it was important to remember that Sir John Baker did propose an alternative mechanism, which was the mechanism that the Government supported; linking MPs’ pay to settlements for a basket was something that was considered by and, from memory, commented positively on by Mr Baker, as well as his central recommendation.

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