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 Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 16th November 1964

Yes, Sir. The ministerial salaries were subject to a review by the Lawrence Committee on exactly the same basis as were Members' salaries. The position has been examined with very great care indeed. As I have made clear, the proposals of the Lawrence Committee in respect of Ministers' salaries and those whose salaries are based on the ministerial scale are excessive, we feel, in present circumstances.

We have, therefore, recommended not only a delay in their payment, but also that only half the proposed increases should be the subject of legislation—and that will be final. There is no provision for taking the other half at a later date, although any future Government is free to make recommendations at any time.

My hon. Friend asked about Ministers and what has been up to now the £750 parliamentary allowance. It will be a fact that the proposed £1,250 allowance shall be available to Ministers, but that will be taxable and will be on exactly the same basis as for any Member of the House.