Following the Government statement on the accusations of unfair pay at the BBC, Sir Mike calls for all pay bands to be investigated in relation to equality of pay, not just those at the top end.
May I say to the new Secretary of State that some of us—perhaps across the House and perhaps some here on these Benches—do not share quite as strongly the love for the BBC that he, in his first couple of days in the job, has shown? At the end of the day, we are talking about the top end of pay, but I agree with the shadow Secretary of State that this must be going on across the pay bands in the BBC. The BBC is under a charter from this House; we could change that at any time we wished to make sure that it publishes and shows everything so that there is equality across the pay bands for contractors as well as those at the top end.
Jon Wedger is about to embark on a walk from London to Manchester to raise funds and awareness.