asked the Lord Privy Seal what the secretarial and research allowance will be for right hon. and hon. Members for 1987–88.
The resolution of the House of 20 July 1984 on the office, secretarial and research allowance provides for an increase with effect from 1 April each year by the same percentage by which the salary scale maximum plus inner London weighting, of a senior personal secretary in the Home Civil Service is increased.
Pay negotiations on the level of increase for this grade, effective from 1 April 1987, have not yet been concluded; therefore, I am unable to say what the allowance will be in 1987–88.