§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when the Chairman of the Royal Commission on Income and Wealth started work; what was his remuneration and what was the increase due to him from 1st January, in both cases expressed on a weekly basis, and the extent to which the increase exceeded the rise in the cost of living in the period; and whether the increase is in accordance with the social contract.
§ Mr. Booth
The Chairman of the Royal Commission on Income and Wealth was appointed on 1st August 1974 and the first meeting of the commission was held on that day. The appointment carried a salary of £16,350 per annum, equivalent to £313.22 per week, plus threshold increases. No decision to increase the salary has been made. It is one amongst a large number of salaries in the public service falling to be reviewed in the light of the recent report of the Review Body on Top Salaries.