HC Deb 26 January 1971 vol 810 cc102-3W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will give details of the amounts of travelling and subsistence allowance Payable to the member of the Wilberforce Inquiry into the Power workers' dispute; whether these are limited to actual costs involved in travel and subsistence; and whether the 18 guineas per day claimable by the chairman of these courts and the 8½ guineas a day paid to members are taxable at the normal standard rates of tax.

Mr. Bryan

The principal travelling and subsistence allowances payable to chairmen and members of Court of Inquiry and similar bodes are as follows:

(1) First-class travel by rail, or mileage allowance if travelling by private car of 12d. per mile for car exceeding 1,750 cc engine capacity. 10¾d. per mile for car of 1,001 to 1,750 cc engine capacity.

(2) Daily subsistence allowances:

Chairman Members
Over 5 hours and up to 10 hours absence from home 8s. 7s.
Over 10 hours absence 17s. 6d. 15s. 6d.

(3) Night subsistence allowances (24 hours):

London Outside London
Chairman 120s. 110s.
Members 105s. 95s.

Travelling allowances are thus related to actual costs incurred, but the subsistence allowances are payable irrespective of the cost of the meals taken. Fees payable to Chairmen and Members are subject to normal rates of tax.