HC Deb 16 December 1985 vol 89 c15
37. Mrs. Clwyd

asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations he has had from hon. Members on research and secretarial allowances.

The Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. John Biffen)

I have answered a number of parliamentary questions and have discussed the matter with an all-party delegation.

Mrs. Clwyd

Does the Leader of the House agree that if there were improved secretarial and research allowances, some of his hon. Friends might not need to supplement their incomes by becoming consultants to companies such as those involved in the Channel tunnel development?

Mr. Biffen

I see no relationship between the two points. The hon. Lady often makes a reasonable point, but she is spoiling that this afternoon.