asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the maximum retirement pension currently payable to an hon. Member at the present House of Commons pension rate; and if such a retired Member became a peer, what would be the taxable worth of the Lords' tax-free attendance allowance at 1st November 1977.
A Member retiring on 25th November 1977 who has not transferred-in any prior pensionable service could reckon a maximum of 23 years of Parliamentary service for a pension which would amount to £3,102·78 a year. Members of the House of Lords do not receive an attendance allowance. As they receive no salary, they may claim reimbursement of actual expenses within specified limits. The question of imputing a taxable worth to those payments therefore does not arise.