HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 c43W
54. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Transport what expense allowance will be available for the new Chairman of the Railways Board; and whether the post will be pensionable.

Mr. Marples

The British Transport Commission's present procedure in making expence allowances will apply to Dr. Beeching whilst he is a member and, later, Chairman of the Commission. In considering the appropriate provision under forthcoming legislation, I shall take account of existing procedure. I shall also have to consider making the appropriate provision for pensions for the Chairman and full-time members of the new Railways Board. Dr. Beeching's pension provision will, in the special circumstances of his appointment, remain the responsibility of Imperial Chemical Industries Limited.

58. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Transport what consequential arrangements will be made for the salaries of other members of the Railways Board to preserve a reasonable relationship with the salary of the new Chairman.

Mr. Marples

The salary of the new Chairman will be an exceptional salary payable to a particular person for a special task. I do not therefore envisage any consequential effects on the general level of salaries.

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