HC Deb 25 May 1979 vol 967 c271W
Mr. English

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the amounts spent on subsidising the arts in each standard region of the United Kingdom for the most recent available year, the portion of these amounts spent on music and, in particular, upon symphony orchestras.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The Arts Council holds detailed statistics on its clients' activities from which figures such as those the hon. Member seeks may be capable of being derived. If the hon. Member gets in touch with the Arts Council direct, I

Parliamentary salary Operative date Equivalent in April 1979 real terms (a)
£400 1 April 1911 £7,930
£600 17 July 1937 £7,470
£1,000 1 April 1946 £7,290
£1,250 24 May 1954 £6,290
(including sessional allowance)
£1,750 1 July 1957 £7,890
£3,250 16 October 1964 £12,480
£4,500 (b) 1 Janaury 1972 £11,630
£5,750 (b) 13 June 1975 £8,980
£6,062 (b) 13 June 1976 £8,320
£6,270 (b) 13 June 1977 £7,310
£6,897 (b) 13 June 1978 £7,490
(a) As measured by the movement in the prewar cost of living index up to 1938, the consumers' expenditure deflator for the period 1938 and 1946–62, and the general index of retail prices for 1962–79.
(b) Members' remuneration prior to 1972 contained an unquantifiable element to cover their expenses. Separate allowances for these expenses have been payable since 1972.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the total pay forgone during the last four years in gross income to an hon. Member which followed from the incomplete implementation of the Boyle committee recommendation in 1975.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The difference between the notional rate of parliamentary salary used for pension purposes and the salary actually in payment from 1975 to 1979 amounts in total to £8,600 in gross terms.

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