Members' and Ministers' Salaries.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

28.

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the sacrifices which are and will be required from all classes of the community, by reason of the necessity for drastic curtailment of expenditure in every direction, he will consider the desirability of temporarily reducing the salaries of Ministers and of Members of Parliament by, say, 10 per cent. as a practical example to the people of the country, and as evidence of the belief of Members of Parliament in the urgent need of reducing expenditure and of their willingness to share in the sacrifices they impose on others?

Photo of Mr James Erskine Mr James Erskine , Westminster St George's

39.

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the general cut in salaries and wages, he can see his way to recommending a reduction of 25 per cent. in the salaries of Ministers and of Members of Parliament as evidence of the anxiety of the people's representatives to share with the general body of workers the burdens they at present have to bear.

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The proposals of the Government in reference to expenditure for the coming year will be laid before Parliament in the course of the next few days, and it is not advisable to make fractional statements as to the character of the new Estimates.