To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 17 December 2008 (WA 54) concerning payments to the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, why the chairman's salary increased by £5,066 from 2000 to 2008 and the board members' salary reduced by £6,116 during the same period. [HL745]
In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (as amended), the Secretary of State may pay to the chairman and other members of the commission such remuneration and allowances as he may determine. To ensure propriety the Secretary of State has regularly reviewed the remuneration packages of the chairman and members since the establishment of the commission in 1997.
The reduction in remuneration of the commission members and the increase in the chairman's remuneration brought the members in line with other similar bodies.