Ministers and Members (Remuneration)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne 12:00 am, 16th November 1964

May I ask two questions, both directed to the question of the increase of Ministers' salaries? The first is whether my right hon. Friend is aware that many of us who accept the principle which was accepted in all quarters, that it was better that salaries should be fixed not by Parliament but on the recommendation of an outside body, wonder whether it might not have been better to let that apply to the increase in Ministers' salaries as well as to the increase in Members' salaries.

My second question is this: I understand that under the old salary arrangements, of the £1,750 which was paid to Members, Ministers were allowed to draw, in addition to their Ministerial salaries, the sum of £750. Will this continue?