Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 20 June on regional pay.
The Opposition motion stated "That this House notes that the national pay review bodies have been an effective wat of setting pay while allowing for appropriate regional and local variation constitent with the need to recruit, retain and motivate staff and to keep tight control of public spending..."
The Opposition motion was defeated on a division (Ayes 226; Noes 286). A Government amendment was agreed to on a division (Ayes 286; Noes 232).
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Francis Maude, responded on behalf of the Government.
Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on Pay in the Topics and News sections.
Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.