HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 c1718
26. Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what fee for each sitting is paid to members of rent assessment panels in London, apart from presidents and vice-presidents.

Mr. Amery

The daily fee payable thoughout the country is £27 for chairmen, £25 for professional members and £15 for lay members. Half-day fees are paid as appropriate.

Mr. Lipton

How many of these people are there? Who appoints them and for how long are they appointed? Is any change in their status or duties contemplated for the near future?

Mr. Amery

There are 120 members of the London Rent Assessment Panel and 71 of them are qualified to sit as chairmen. Rent assessment committees are appointed from the panel and each committee normally has a lawyer, a valuer and what is called a lay member—that is, someone with general knowledge. Eleven rent tribunals in London are appointed by the president of the panel from this membership. I will supply the hon. Gentleman with details of their lengths of service and so on if he desires.