HC Deb 21 December 1989 vol 164 cc364-5W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will bring forward a substantive motion to give effect to the recommendations of the Liaison Committee report of Session 1984–85, HC 363, in respect of the automatic nomination of Select Committees after a general election.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

The Government's view of the recommendations of the 1984–85 Liaison Committee was given on 23 November 1987 by my right hon. Friend the Member for Colchester, South and Maldon (Mr. Wakeham) who stated that he did not consider that the existence of a Standing Order providing for nominations for these Committees to be put forward within a prescribed period would necessarily have expedited their establishment in this Parliament.

Mr. Allen

To ask the Lord President of the Council what was the expenditure on full-time specialist staff appointed to service departmental Select Committees in each year since 1979.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

The grade of temporary assistant (later to become specialist assistant) to Select Committees was introduced to the Clerk's Department in October 1980. The table sets out the numbers of specialist assistants in post at 1 April 1981 to 1 April 1989 and their total annual gross salaries payable at that date. All specialist assistants work for departmental Committees.

1 April Numbers in post Total annual gross salary (£)
1981 5 49,730
1982 6 66,168
1983 6 72,646

1 April Numbers in post Total annual gross salary(£)
1984 5 64,892
1985 4 53,756
1986 5 69,909
1987 5 75,862
1988 4 61,128
1989 7 117,691