HC Deb 19 July 1983 vol 46 c69W
Mr. Bottomley

asked the Lord Privy Seal what specific long-term arrangements for hon. Members' salaries Her Majesty's Government have proposed since May 1979.

Mr. Biffen

The Government have proposed the followingOn 11 July 1979.… that, if the House approved their proposals, Lord Boyle's committee should be requested to find one or more professional analogues to which the pay of Members should be linked between reviews.—[Vol. 970, c. 480.] On 4 March 1980 … that the Top Salaries Review Body should undertake annual reviews of parliamentary salaries.—[Vol. 980, c. 266.] On 19 February 1981 … that a Select Committee be appointed to give further consideration to the desirability and possible method of conducting reviews of Members' salaries and to make recommendations to the House.—[Vol. 999, c. 504.] On 10 June 1982 … that, in line with the recommendation of the Select Committee, there should be a review by the Top Salaries Review Body once during the fourth year of each Parliament and that between such reviews the Government should move annual motions to effect changes in Members' salaries guided by average changes in the rates of pay in appropriate groups in the public service.—[Vol. 25, c. 468.]

Mr. Robert Banks

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will set out the levels of pay in sterling paid to Members of western Parliaments.

Mr. Biffen

The information requested is given in TSRB report No. 20, volume 2—table 3, pages 118 to 128—(Cmnd. 8881-II).