Select Committee on Treasury Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Question 120)

MR ROBERT CHOTE, PROFESSOR COLIN TALBOT, MR JOHN WHITING AND DR MARTIN WEALE

11 DECEMBER 2006

  Q120  Jim Cousins: Mr Weale, what do you think about that? Do you think you could achieve a lot of savings if you targeted bits of the public sector where the unions are weak which is what Professor Talbot suggests?

  Dr Weale: I think even in areas where unions are weak it is difficult to deliver pay cuts. The way it would be likely to deliver savings would be in the long run. Salaries for nurses will rise faster in London than they will do in areas where the labour market is very different but that is going to be a long-run process, it is not going to deliver much in two or three years.

  Chairman: Okay. It has been very interesting. We have a few questions for the Chancellor on Wednesday and his officials. Thank you very much for your time. It has been very helpful.





 
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