§ Jackie Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is the average attendance fee of(a) male and (b) female members of boards of non-departmental public bodies responsible to his Department; 
(2) what is the average salary of (a) male and (b) female members of boards of non-departmental public bodies responsible to his Department. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The majority of board members of non-departmental public bodies give their time and services voluntarily and receive no payment other than normal travel and subsistence expenses. Where members do receive remuneration, this can vary between an annual salary or an attendance fee, and in some cases, board members choose not to claim the attendance fees to which they are entitled. Individuals' remuneration therefore is not directly comparable, but is regardless of gender where made. Full details of all payments to board members of non-departmental bodies, by gender, are given in the Cabinet Office publication "Public Bodies". Copies of "Public Bodies 1997" are available in the Libraries of the House.