Oral Answers to Questions — Ministers' and Members' Salaries (Committee)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

asked the Prime Minister on what date the Committee which he appointed to inquire into salaries of Ministers and Members of Parliament and related matters first met; and how many meetings they have held.

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I do not consider that I am responsible for the arrangements this Committee makes for its meetings.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

Is the Prime Minister aware that until at least a few days ago the Committee had not even met? As he is responsible for setting up the Committee, can he tell us who is responsible for seeing that it meets? What is the purpose of having a Committee that does not meet?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I understand that the panel has had several discussions, met formally yesterday, and saw the Committee this morning.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

That is only since I put down the Question. Are we to take it that every time we want a meeting of the Committee I must put down a Question?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

The hon. Gentleman puts down a lot of Questions, anyhow.