HC Deb 08 December 1980 vol 995 cc239-40W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many former Prime Ministers, Lord Chancellors and former Speakers are drawing pensions from public funds; what is the total amount so drawn at the latest stated date; and whether any of these recipients also draw payments from public funds additional to these pensions.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

As at 24 November 1980, there are eight pensions in payment to former Prime Ministers, Lord Chancellors and Speakers of the House of Commons, at an annual cost of £106,598. These pensions may be subject to abatement if a salary is drawn from public funds, except in the case of former Prime Ministers, and Speakers receiving a parliamentary salary. At present three former Prime Ministers are entitled to draw an abated

Lord Chancellor's Instrument No. Date Subject PRO references
55 April 1980 Royal Commission on Legal Services LCO 19 pieces 1, 3–103, 116–138

The Lord Chancellor will write to the hon. Member if any documents which are primarily the concern of persons other than Ministers have been released within the 10-year period since May 1979.

Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list in the Official Report those documents which he has released under section 5(1) of the Public Records Act within the 30-year time limit.

parliamentary salary in addition to their pensions. Three pensions are also in payment to widows of former Prime Ministers, Speakers and Lord Chancellors, at an annual cost of £22,250.