HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 cc196-7W
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.