§ Mr. Neubert
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what would be the salary of Members of Parliament at 13 June 1979, if it were to reflect the value in real terms of the salary level of £3,250 per annum when it was first fixed in 1964; and what other broad categories of working people have undergone a similar decline in the real value of their remuneration in the intervening period.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
The October 1964 salary level of £3,250 would have stood at £12,463 in May 1979—the latest available figure—if updated by the rise in the retail price index in the intervening period. I regret that the information sought in the second part of the question could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.