HL Deb 13 November 1990 vol 523 cc8-9WA
Lord Colnbrook

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make a statement about Ministers' pay.

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Belstead)

The salaries of Ministers and other paid office holders were last increased from 1st January 1990 under the terms of the Ministerial and other Salaries Order 1989 and will remain at these levels until changed by a new order. The salaries of Members of Parliament will increase by 8.5 per cent. from 1st January 1991 according to the terms of the resolution of 21st July 1987. In the light of this, the Government propose that ministerial salaries should increase by 8.5 per cent. also. The details are set out in the following table, and the draft Ministerial and other Salaries Order 1990 to implement these changes has today been laid.

Current official salary Proposed January 1991 official salary Percentage increase Current total salary (including reduced parliamentary salary of £20,101) Total January 1991 salary (including reduced parliamentary salary of £21,809) Total percentage increase
£ £ Per cent. £ £ Per cent.
Deputy Chairmen of Ways and Means 21,840 23,696 8.5 41,941 45,505 8.5
House of Lords
Chief Whip 39,641 43,010 8.5
Deputy Chief Whip 33,241 36,066 8.5
Government Whips 29,971 32,519 8.5
Opposition Leader 33,241 36,066 8.5
Opposition Chief Whip 29,971 32,519 8.5
Chairman of Committees 39,641 43,010 8.5
Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees 36,131 39,202 8.5
Members of Parliament 26,701 28,970 8.5
1 The Prime Minister and Mr. Speaker have elected to receive the same salary as a Cabinet Minister in the House of Commons.
2 The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster does not accept his Ministerial Salary.


The Lord Chancellor's salary is governed by the Lord Chancellor's Salary Order 1989 and is not affected by this Order. (He receives £ 91,500 effective from 18th April 1989).