HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc440-1W
Mr. Lansley

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the assets sold by her Department and their value, item by item, in each year from 1991–92 to 1998–99; and if she will estimate the value of asset sales planned to be made in 1999–00 and 2000–01. [96900]

Marjorie Mowlam

I refer the hon. Member to the answer the Prime Minister gave to the hon. Member for Gordon (Mr. Bruce) on 22 February 1999,Official Report, columns 39-40. In addition, the following information is also available for:

Secretaries of State who have resigned; and what was the amount spent on such severance pay in the last 12 months, broken down by ministry. [97390]

Marjorie Mowlam

Under the terms of section 4 of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991, Ministers are entitled to receive a severance payment of one quarter of their final annual ministerial salary when they leave office. This applies as long as the individual is under the age of 65 and is not appointed to another relevant Ministerial or other paid office within three weeks of their leaving office. The Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor are not included in this scheme.

The amounts spent on Ministerial severance pay by each department since 27 October 1998 are as follows:

Department Amount (£)
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 13,907.75
Cabinet Office 11,787.25
Culture, Media and Sport 6,329.75
Defence 25,991.75

Department Amount (£)
Education and Employment 6,329.75
Environment, Transport and the Regions 12,659.50
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 8,339.75
Health 11,787.25
HM Treasury 11,208
Trade and Industry 11,300.25
Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland 20,237.50
Welsh Office 17,630
Total 157,508.50

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