HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 c509W
Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many secretaries accredited to hon. Members were in possession of photographic passes on 1 July; if he will publish a table showing the number of Members with nought, one, two and three, and so on accredited secretaries; what information he has as to the number of such secretaries working for one, two, three and so on hon. Members; and if he will give comparative figures for each of the past 10 years.

Mr. Biffen

The number of Palace of Westminster photo-identity passes on issue to Members' secretaries on 1 July 1985 was 612. The information requested on the number of secretaries employed per Member is as follows:

Members employing no secretary 192
Members employing one secretary 342
Members employing two secretaries 79
Members employing three secretaries 23
Members employing four secretaries 5
5Members employing five secretaries 5
Members employing six secretaries 1
Members employing seven secretaries 0
Members employing eight secretaries 0
Members employing nine secretaries 1

It is understood that 15 secretaries work for two Members, and one secretary works for three Members. I regret that the records which are held by the authorities of the House do not enable me to give comparative figures for the other years requested.