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United States (Her Majesty's Ambassador)

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonweath Affairs what advice he took from outside his Department before recommending the appointment of the United Kingdom's new Ambassador in Washington.

As I made clear on 11th May, this appointment was my personal recommendation, although, as is normal, I consulted the Prime Minister before the customary protocol procedures were carried out.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing all emoluments payable to Her Majesty's Ambassador in Washington, indicating which are taxable.

The emoluments at present payable to the Ambassador are as follows:

£per annum
Salary (Grade 1) taxable18,675
Frais de representation non-taxable43,448*
Diplomatic Service Allowance or Representational Secondment Allowance†Non-taxable
Boarding School Allowance†Non-taxable
Children at Post addition†Non-taxable
Accountable Indirect Representational Supplement†Non-taxable
Child Benefit†Non-taxable
*This sum is calculated to cover the additional expenses of his assignment, which consist mainly of expenditure on the upkeep of his official residence and on official entertainment.
† Whether he is eligible for these, and at what rates, depends on his family and other circumstances. If he receives child benefit, his frais are abated correspondingly.