Salaries (Reduction).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Clackmannan and Eastern

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the event of a percentage reduction on salaries being agreed upon in the case of certain sections of the community, as suggested in the Report of the Geddes Committee, what would be the approximate saving to the State were a 5 per cent. reduction made universal upon all persons receiving money raised from taxes, as the whole or a portion of their income, including Ministers of the Crown, Members of this House, civil servants, judges, postal and police officers, &c.?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I am not aware that the Geddes Committee have suggested a percentage reduction of the salaries of certain sections of the community. If 5 per cent. of the salaries and wages of all persons receiving money raised from taxes as the whole or a portion of their income were deducted, it would represent something under £10,000,000 per annum on the basis of present numbers.

Lieut.-Colonel.I. WARD:

Does that include the pay of the soldier, on which the hon. and gallant Gentleman is proposing a 5 per cent. reduction?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

It would include the pay of the soldier.