HL Deb 05 October 1931 vol 82 cc262-4

Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Fifth Report from the Select Committee.

The Committee reported as follows:—

1. Reductions in Salaries.

The Chairman of Committees called the attention of the Committee to the economy proposals of the Government relating to the Civil Service as set forth in Command Paper No. 3952, and the Committee sanctioned reductions in the salaries and allowances of Officers of the House of Lords on the same scale as the reductions proposed therein in the salaries of the Civil Service.

2. Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod (House Allowance).

The Committee considered a letter from the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod relating to Income Tax Claim on his House Allowance. The Committee expressed the view that the deductions by way of Income Tax from the House Allowance had not been taken into consideration by the Committee when the Allowance was assessed, and desired the Chairman to raise the matter with the Treasury and the Office of Works.


My Lords, I beg to move that this Report be now considered. In doing so I would direct your Lordships' attention to two points that were before the Committee, and which appear on the White Paper. The first point, the reduction of salaries, affects only two officers of your Lordships' House, the Chairman of Committees and the Clerk of the Parliaments. There is one other that it may affect, but the matter is not quite decided. As regards the second point, I think the question that has arisen is probably due to an error. The matter is being taken up with the appropriate Department with a view to its being satisfactorily settled. I do not think I have any further explanations to offer. If any noble Lord wishes, I will explain any point that may arise.

Moved, That this Report be now considered—(The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

Moved, That this Report be now adopted.—(The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.