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Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will give the present salary range earned by Principals in the Civil Service and compare it with that earned by Members; and if he will further make the comparison on the basis that approved increases had been included.

The national salary scale for Principals on 1st January 1974 ranged from £4,360 to £5,775, excluding threshold payments which accumulated to £230 per annum in December 1974. The new scale, in which the threshold payments are subsumed, ranges from £5,680 to £7,450 with effect from 1st April 1975. The level of the parliamentary salary, which is currently under review, is £4,500.