HC Deb 29 June 1982 vol 26 cc267-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent Members of the European Assembly receive pensions and redundancy payments; and whether British Members of Parliament who are also Members of the Assembly are able to claim dual pension and redundancy payments.

Mr. Mayhew

Pension and severance arrangements for Members of the European Parliament are a matter for individual member States. United Kingdom MEPs belong to a pension scheme which is in most respects the same as that for hon. Members. Under this scheme, an MEP who is at the same time a Member of Parliament earns one-third the pension of an MEP who is not also a Member of Parliament. This reflects the difference in the respective salaries payable to them. The pension entitlements of Members of Parliament are not, however, affected by membership of the European Parliament.

No severance arrangements analogous to those for Members of Parliament are extended to United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament.