§ Mr. John Hall
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the salary of a Junior Minister in 1938; what it is today; and how the purchasing value of the present day salary, after tax, compares with the purchasing value of the salary in 1938.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The salary of most Junior Ministers in 1938 was £1,500, leaving for the married man with two children £1,278 after tax. Most of these posts still carry a salary of £1,500, but if the Minister is in the House of Commons £500 salary as a Member may also be drawn, making £2,000 in all. Ignoring certain changes in the basis of claims for expenses the corresponding net amount after tax is £1,586. This has the same purchasing power as £602 in 1938.