HC Deb 26 July 1935 vol 304 cc2178-9W

asked the Prime Minister whether he will state, separately, the number of Members of the House who now hold ministerial office, adding the office about to be established of Under-Secretary for League of Nations Affairs, who represent official commissions and who act as parliamentary private secretaries to Ministers, together with the Chairman and Deputy-Chairman of Committees, and the total; and how many of these are in receipt of salaries?


Fifty-two Members of this House hold ministerial office; three Members hold appointments as officers of His Majesty's Household and three represent official commissions, namely, the Forestry Commission, Charity Commission and Ecclesiastical Commission. With the addition of the Chairman of Ways and Means, and Deputy-Chairman, the total is 60, of whom 52 are in receipt of salaries by reason of their appointments. Twenty-seven Members act as Parliamentary Private Secretaries to Ministers. These appointments are unpaid, and rest with the Ministers concerned. The proposed appointment of a second Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is excluded from the above figures.