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Members' Pay

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will publish in the Official Report a detailed or summary explanation of the various reports and recommendations concerning the salaries and allowances of hon. Members published since 1945; how many of these were postponed, altered or amended because of the economic situation; how many were held up before implementation; when the last Boyle Report was published; and when it is likely to be implemented.

Report, etc. and Date with Notes on Implementation

Select Committee on Members' Expenses (HC 93), March 1946:

Recommendations modified; Sessional with effect from 1st April 1946.

Select Committee on Members' Expenses etc. (HC 72), February 1954:

Recommendations modified; Sessional Allowance introduced with effect from 24th May 1954.

Government proposal embodied in statement from Prime Minister, July 1957.

Sessional allowance commuted to fixed sum with effect from 1st July 1957.

Report of the Committee on the remuneration of Ministers and MPs (Lawrence Committee) (Cmnd. 2516), November 1964:

mented in full with effect from 16th October 1964.

Review Body on Top Salaries Report No. 1: Ministers and MPs (Cmnd. 4836), December 1971:

Implemented in full, with effect from 1st January 1972.

Review Body on Top Salaries Report No. 5: MPs allowances (Cmnd. 5701), July 1974:

Implemented in full, with effect from 1st August 1974.

Review Body on Top Salaries Report No. 7: Ministers, MPs and the Peers Expenses Allowance—Part I (Cmnd. 6136), June 1975:

Recommendations on allowances and facilities implemented in full with effect from 13th June 1975; recommendation on pay partially implemented.

Review Body on Top Salaries No. 8: Ministers, MPs and the Peers Expenses Allowance—Part II (Cmnd. 6574), July 1976:

Not implemented.

The House will have to consider the whole issue of Members' pay again in due course, but continuing incomes policy rules out progress at the present time.