HC Deb 16 January 1975 vol 884 cc144-6W
Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will give the same details about the remuneration and other benefits for Members of Parliament in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Italy as he gave for other countries in his answer to the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (Mr. Wiggin) on 26th November—[Vol. 882, c. 135–6.]

Mr. Edward Short

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd December; Vol. 882, c. 327], circulated the following information:

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e)
Basic Annual Salary Special Allowances and Concessions Secretarial and Office Services Travel Concessions (on Parliamentary Business) Postage, Telephone, Services (on Parliamentary Business)
United Kingdom £4,500 Subsistence allowance of up to £1,050 p.a. when Member has to stay away from home. Allowance of £228 p.a. for Members representing London constituencies. An allowance of up to £1,750 p.a. of which up to £550 can be spent on research assistance. Repayment of fare or car allowance for all journeys between home, Westminster, and constituency, and within constituency, and to other locations on constituency business. Limited free travel for wives. Free stationery; free inland telephone and postage service.
The Netherlands Fls. 65,209 (£11,240), but this may be reduced if the member derives income from another source. Subsistence allowance of Fls. 6,650–13,275 (£1,150–2,290). Entitlement to special unemployment benefits, old age pension, etc. An allowance of up to Fls. 8,640 (£1,490) for personal assistant. The Government also contributes towards secretarial and office costs. An allowance of Fls. 5,375 (£930) p.a. for inland travel; refunds for travel abroad as for Civil Servants. Free telephone calls from Parliamentary buildings; free postage.
Norway Kr. 91,800 (£7,590) Session allowance of Kr. 42.50 (£3.50) per day for representatives living near Oslo, and Kr. 85 (£7) per day otherwise. Free typing etc. facilities, plus financial assistance to parties. Free inland travel, plus certain travel allowances. Free telephone service.
Denmark Kr. 105,972 (£8,000) Subsistence allowance of Kr. 9,414, 14,366, or 27,752 (£710, £1,080, or £2,090) p.a., according to where members live. Financial assistance given to party groups. Free inland travel Free use of inland telephone service from Parliamentary building; free stationery.
Belgium BF 1,000,073 (£11,910) Subsistence allowance of BF 2,500 (£30) per day when on official business. Representational allowance of BF 22,000 (£260) p.a. Supplied by the Government. Free inland rail and bus travel. Use of pool car, but no private car allowance. Free postage and telephone service from Parliamentary building.
Italy Lire 13,849,897 (£9,130) Subsistence allowance included in basic salary. None, but tax allowance is made on basic salary. Free travel by rail, plus certain other concessions for members and their families. Free use of telephone for local calls.