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Victorian Letter Boxes

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will hold consultations with the Post Office with a view to ensuring the preservation of Victorian letter boxes, in view of their contribution to the national heritage.

I understand the National Postal Museum already has a representative collection of letter boxes, including those from the Victoria era, and a number are in the collections of different museums around the country.

Operative dateParliamentary salaryPercentage increase over preceding figureEquivalent in June 1980 real terms*
1 April 19461,0009,040
24 May 19541,25025·07,800
(including sessional allowance)
1 July 19571,75040·09,790
16 October 19643,25085·715,340
1 January 19724,500†38·514,420
13 June 19755,75027·811,140
13 June 19766,0625·410,320
13 June 19776,2703·49,070
13 June 19786,89710·09,290
13 June 19799,450‡37·011,430
13 June 198010,725‡13·5
13 June 198011,750§9·6
* As measured by the movement in the Consumer's expenditure deflator for the period 1946 to 1962 and the General Index of Retail Prices from 1962 to 1980.
† Members' remuneration prior to 1972 contained an unquantifiable eelment to cover thei rexpenses. Separate allowances for these expenses have been payable since 1972.
‡ First and second stage salaries following Government proposals on the recommendations in Top Salaries Review Body Report No. 12, approved by the House on 11 July 1979.
§ Updated second stage salary following Government proposal on TSRB 15, approved by the House on 21 July 1980.

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the total pay forgone from June 1979 to June 1981 in gross income to an hon. Member which followed from the incomplete implementation of the Boyle committee's recommendations in 1979 and 1980.

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he is now in a position to make the statement he has promised on parliamentary pay, pensions and allowances.

The question of preserving post boxes in situ would be a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry in the first instance.