LETTER : Pay restraint

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RE YOUR article "Nolan may review MPs' pay" (12 November), let's hope that any review takes full account of the Government's policy on restraining public-sector pay, including the following:

l pay rises must be earned through increased productivity

l relativity arguments are not acceptable

l catching-up exercises are unacceptable

l no increases if the number of applicants exceeds vacancies

l no permanent-type conditions of employment for temporary fixed-term employees.

From 1979 to 1995, the retail price index has risen by 190 per cent, MPs' pay has increased by 251 per cent, and MPs' office expenses have risen by 798 per cent.

R B Corner

Southwell, Notts