§ Mr. James Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether the National Enterprise Board has sought his consent for the proposed new Assembly Hall programme at Leyland Truck and Bus Division.
§ Mr. Varley
Yes. I have given my consent to this programme, which should make an important contribution to the future success of Leyland Truck and Bus.
§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is his estimate of the net salary, assuming the post to be held by a married man with no dependent 325W children, in real terms, of (a) the chairman, (b) the deputy chairman and (c) other board members of the British Steel Corporation in 1972 and 1977, taking 1972 as the base year; and how many places on the board are currently unfilled.
Mr. Les Huckfield, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 7th July 1977; Vol. 934, c. 663], gave the following information:
The net salaries, assuming each post to be held by a married man with no dependent children, of the chairman, deputy chairman and a member of the board of the British Steel Corporation in 1972 were £12,735.08, £10,615.06 and £9,420.50, respectively, the last figure being calculated from the average of the salaries of full-time members. The comparable figures for 1977 in real terms, using 1972 as the base year, are £5,356.17, £4,998.24 and £4,762.16 respectively.
The Iron and Steel Act 1975 lays down that the Corporation shall consist of a chairman, and not less than seven nor more than 20 other members; at the moment there are 10 members other than the chairman.