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Members' Salaries

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Lord Pre-dent of the Council to what extent hon. Members' salaries would have to be increased to enable them to have the same purchasing power after allowing for inflation as when their salaries were raised in 1964; and, on the same basis what salaries would be necessary to give them the same incomes relative to the national average wage level in 1964 as compared with October 1978

I refer my hon. Friend to the Answer given to him by the Minister of State, Civil Service Department on 30th November—[Vol. 359, c. 339.]—and the Answer which I gave on 15th December—[Vol. 960, c. 399]—which provides the latest information available.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether, in view of the changed circumstances of the Government's incomes policy and the fact that hon. Members are the only section of the population who are now worse off financially than they were in 1964, he will implement fully the Boyle committee report on hon. Members' salaries.

Years of reckonable servicePensions at 1st September 1978*Maximum lump sum(a)Pensions at 1st September 1979Maximum lump sum(b)
*Based on pensionable salary of £8,460· 20.
†Assumes current pensionable salary of £9,372.


( a) Gross pension payable before surrender of part of the pension in return for a commuted lump sum.

( b) Lump sum payable if the Member commutes to the maximum extent permitted.

asked the Lord President of the Council how any former hon. Members are now drawing pensions; how many of these are also in the House of Lords; which of these also draw payments in salaries and or expenses with full or part-time Government appointments; what the actual or average pensions of these former hon. Members were for each of the past four years; how much these have risen in percentage terms since the

The Government have no plans to increase Members' salaries in advance of the current review by the Review Body on Top Salaries.