50. Lieut.-Colonel GADI E
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount paid in salaries to members of His Majesty's Government in 1904, 1914 and 1924; and to which Ministers and under what circumstances have any increases of salary been made?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The total amount paid in salaries to members of His Majesty's Government was £128,525 in 1904, £140,875 in 1914 and £137,560 in 1924. The salaries of the President and Parliamentary Secretary of the Board of Trade were increased from £2,000 and £1,200 per annum to £5,000 and £1,500 per annum, respectively, in 1910 after the passing of the Board of Trade Act, 1909, had removed the limitation on the President's salary, and the same increase was made in that year in the salaries of the President and Parliamentary Secretary of the Local Government Board, offices which are now merged in the posts of Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health. The above increases were granted in recognition of the heavy responsibilities devolving upon the holders of these offices. The salary of the Lord Privy Seal was increased to £5,000 per annum in 1924 while that office was held by the Leader of the House of Commons, but since November, 1924, has been reduced to the normal figure of £2,000.