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Contractual Obligations

Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland how many replies have been received by Her Majesty's Government to the publication of the draft EEC convention on law applicable will publish in the Official Report a comparison of the severance or redundancy payments payable to hon. Members with those payable to persons employed in the Palace of Westminster on salaries close to that received by hon. Members.

Members are entitled to claim a severance grant equivalent to three months' salary if they lose their seat following a General Election, or if they are displaced due to boundary changes. The redudancy and severance entitlements of persons employed in the Palace of Westminster are analogous to those of civil servants. Full details of the provisions currently applying to civil servants are contained in section 10 of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme, a copy of which is available in the Library.

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list, from 1945, the number of salary increases awarded to hon. Members, the amounts paid and the percentage increase over the previous figure in each case; and what has been the real value of such increases to date, taking 1945 as a base.

The information is given in the following table. There was no increase in the parliamentary salary in contractual obligations; and whether these have yet been submitted to the European Economic Community group of experts in Brussels.

In all, 26 individuals and organisations responded to the request of the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Scottish Courts Administration, made in August 1979, for comments on the text of a draft EEC convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations. Account is being taken of these in the preparation of the observations on the terms of the draft convention which Her Majesty's Government will shortly submit to the Council of the European Communities.