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Ministers: Pay

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Ministers from each Department have received severance payments on leaving their Ministerial role in each year since 1997. (249389)

Information on Ministers leaving office is a matter of public record. Under the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991, only those who leave office over the age of 65; and the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor and the Commons Speaker (because they have alternative pension arrangements which include an element to cover the issue of severance) do not receive severance payments. Severance is also not paid to a Minister who leaves an unpaid office in Government, nor to a Minister who leaves a paid office and moves to an unpaid one.