HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 cc29-30W
Mr. Neubert

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will make a statement on the subject of the future method of assessment of the pay of Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Motions setting out the Government's proposals on the recommendations of the twelfth report of the Review Body on Top Salaries were laid before the House last week, and we will be debating these on Wednesday.

The Government have taken account of views expressed by hon. Members, and agreed that 50 per cent. of the increases recommended by the TSRB should be paid immediately, and the remainder in two equal instalments in June 1980 and June 1981. The June 1980 increase will be further updated, in a manner analogous to that adopted for other review body groups.

The Government will invite the TSRB both to carry out the 1980 uprating and to make recommendations about one or more analogues in the professions to which Members' salaries could be related from 1981 onwards. Ministerial salaries will be subject to a biennial review by the TSRB beginning in 1981.