§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the House of Commons Commission, whether he will give at the latest and most convenient stated date the number of full-time and temporary Select Committee assistants employed, their hours of work, their salaries, pension scheme and contributions and any other relevant details concerning their terms of appointment.
§ Mr. Pym
I have been asked to reply.
Five temporary assistants have so far been appointed to work for a total of four Select Committees; their normal hours of work are from 10 am to 6 pm on Mondays to Fridays, subject to the requirements of the Committees; starting salaries depend upon age, qualifications and experience and four temporary assistants were appointed within the salary range £9,616 to £11,516 pa—Civil Service senior executive officer scale—and one within the salary range £7,966 to £9,571 pa—Civil Service higher executive officer scale; they are covered by the provisions of the House of Commons Staff Pension Scheme, the rules of which are those of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme applied by analogy; four of the temporary assistants were appointed for an initial period of two years and one for one year, other conditions of service are broadly in line with those in the Civil Service.