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Secretarial Allowances

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Lord President of the Council how many hon. Members employ from their secretarial allowance (a) none, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e) four, (f) five and (g) six or more employees.

As at 31 December 1989, the number of staff directly employed by Members and paid by the Fees Office out of the office costs allowance are as follows:

Number of staff employedNumber of employing Members


1. The numbers of staff shown relates to persons directly employed by Members. They do not include persons who are fee earning, agency workers, or staff provided under an arrangement with a firm or business organisation.

2. A total of 648 Members are shown—this reflects the position as at 31 December 1989 (ie excluding the late Mr. J. Heddle and Mr. G. Adams who has not taken his seat).