HC Deb 15 December 1980 vol 996 cc48-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list in the Official Report (a) the increases in the salaries of hon. Members which have been made since 1960, (b) the increases recommended by the Boyle committee and any other bodies to which the examination of Members' salaries over the same period was entrusted, (c)the percentage increase in the average industrial wage each year over the same period and (d) the actual increase in hon. Members' salaries expressed as a percentage in each year.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The information is given in the following table:

anomalous situation whereby former Prime Ministers, Lords Chancellor and Speakers, with no ministerial responsibilities, may be in receipt of incomes and allowances larger than when they were office-holders; and if will seek powers to reduce these amounts to ensure that such persons draw only their pensions or salary paid for any appointments they hold, whichever may prove the greater.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I do not accept the hon. Member's suggestion that the situation of former Prime Ministers, Lords Chancellor and Speakers is anomalous. The Government have no plans to alter the existing arrangements.