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Public Bodies (Members' Pay And Expenses)

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Carlton on 8th November on remuneration of the chairmen of the National Water Council and regional water authorities, if he will in the case of each chairman specify the changes in time input basis, and the increase in annual gross emoluments arising from this change.

Until 1st January 1978 the salaries of chairmen of the National Water Council and the regional water authorities were all based on a time input of 50 per cent—2½ days per week. However, once it had been established that the chairmen were for the most part spending of necessity considerably more time on the job, the Government decided to make an appropriate adjustment. This was in line with pay policy.The changes in time input and the resulting increases in annual gross emoluments are set out in the following table:primary responsibility. I was glad to see that a consultancy contract worth £250,000 was recently secured by CLASP. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Construction had earlier written to the Venezuelan Minister for Urban Development commending the system.