§ Mr. Walter Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what was the differential between board members in the nationalised transport industry and chief officers in January 1974; and what is the position currently;
(2) what percentage increases have been granted to board members in the nationalised transport industry since January 1974; and how this compares with increases for the staff during the same period.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
On 1st January 1974, full-time members of nationalised transport boards received an interim increase of £350 a year; threshold supple-14W ments began to be paid then from 1st June 1974 and were fixed from 1st December 1974, at £229.68 a year, and on 1st January 1977 they received round 2 increases of £208.80 a year. Part-time members on salaries related to notional full-time salaries received the due proportions of these increases. Other part-time members received no increases over this period. The percentage increases announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 17th December 1977 have yet to be determined.
For information about the remuneration of the staff of these boards I refer my hon. Friend to the boards concerned. It is not available in my Department, so I cannot comment on differentials.