HC Deb 17 November 1982 vol 32 cc178-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Lord President of the Council (1) to what extent the redundancy scheme for hon. Members would be improved or worsened, and at what costs to the Exchequer, if their scheme was placed on the same basis as that in operation for the registered London dock workers.;

(2) whether he will propose that Members of Parliament should receive the same or similar types of severance pay as those announced by the Department of Education and Science on 4 November, for teachers and lecturers.

Mr. Biffen

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 18 October.—[Vol. 29, c.23.] It is not valid to compare the arrangements for severance pay for hon. Members with any redundancy scheme which may be available for registered dock workers, as the circumstances are completely different.