Emoluments

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th June 1986.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Epping Forest 12:00 am, 30th June 1986

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish figures showing the information available to him as to the emoluments of legislators in other Commonwealth and European Parliaments, in comparable terms to those of right hon. and hon. Members.

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire

I am arranging for the publication of a table in the Official Report setting out the salaries and principal allowances received by legislators in a number of other Commonwealth and European Parliaments.

CountrySalaryAllowances
UNITED KINGDOM
House of CommonsBasic salary of £17,702. Maximum salary of £18,655 for those who draw the London allowance of £953 per annum, which is taxable. Whole of salary taxable.£13,211 'secretarial allowance. £1,321 to meet cost of secretarial pension scheme; £6,606 to employ temporary assistance in event of illness of secretary; all maxima. £7,133 (max) subsistence allowance £200 allowance to help in drafting private Members Bill. £2,202 to assist in clearing up affairs of a deceased, retired or defeated MP (year beginning April 1985).
AUSTRALIA
House of RepresentativesA$44,519 (£19,532). All taxable.Electoral allowance of A$ 15,869 (£6,962) for a constituency of 5,000 sq km or less. Allowance of A$23,010 (£10,095) for a constituency greater than 5,000 sq km. Not taxable.
BELGIUM
Chamber of RepresentativesBF 1,872,381 (£27,274), half of which is a tax-free allowance for expenses. BF936,190.5 (£13,637).Half of salary, BF936.190.5 (£13,637) is a tax-free allowance for expenses.
CANADA
House of CommonsC$56,100 (£26,638). All taxable.General allowance of between C$18,700 (£8,879) and C$24,700 (£11,728) varying by size and distance of constituency from Ottawa.
DENMARK
Folketing204,400 kr (£16,437). All taxable.General allowance of between 22,000 kr (£1,769) and 64,000 kr (£5,147) according to distance from Copenhagen. Allowance of 91,200 kr (£7,334) for secretarial assistance.
FEDERAL GERMAN REPUBLIC
BundestagDM98,688 (£29,350). DM58,980 (£17,540) is tax-free.
FRANCE
National Assembly402,188Fr (£37,526) of which 45 per cent. 180,985Fr (£16,887) is tax-free.45 per cent, of salary, 180,985Fr (£16,887) is regarded as tax-free expense allowance. 207,972Fr (£19,405) allowance for office expenditure. 235,728Fr (£21,995) allowance to employ secretarial assistance.
GREECE
Chamber of Deputies2,611,660Dr (£12,244) for Athens MPs. 2,730,371Dr (£12,801) for others. Taxable108,000Dr (£506) general allowance.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Epping Forest

I thank my right hon. Friend for undertaking to do that. Will not fair-minded people find the comparison impressive, and should it not be more widely known, especially, perhaps, by the press, that this House has resolved to decline the full awards which were recommended by an independent review body?

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire

My hon. Friend is quite right. There will be public interest in the table when it is available. I think that the press would probably wish to pass on the point that he mentioned.

Photo of Mr Teddy Taylor Mr Teddy Taylor , Southend East

Does my right hon. Friend have any plans to reduce the salaries of right hon. and hon. Members and to recommend an increase in the salaries of Members of the European Assembly, following the Government's plan to force through with a guillotine, which appears to be a constitutional outrage, a transfer of work done in this House to the rather absurd and costly European Assembly?

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire

I am always alert to constructive suggestions and I listened to all that my hon. Friend had to say. I think, however, that his suggestion would be regarded as provocative.

Following is the information:

CountrySalaryAllowances'
ITALY
Chamber of DeputiesL86,853,120 (£37,705). Tax is payable on 70 per cent, of the gross salary after deducting social security contributions (18 per cent.). Taxable salary is L58,979,328 (£25,610).Tax-free allowance of L10,044,000 (£4,360).
LUXEMBOURG
Chamber of DeputiesLF1,380,000(£20,102)half of which LF690.000 (£10,051) is tax-free.Half of salary, LF690,000 (£10,051) is tax-free and regarded as an allowance for expenses.
NETHERLANDS
Second ChamberF199.470 (£26,280). All taxable.General allowance of between F114,813 (£3,913) and F129.624 (£7,827) according to distance of home from The Hague. Travel allowance of F110,090 (£2,666). All taxable.
NEW ZEALAND
Houseof RepresentativesNZ$45,000 (£15,694). All taxable.Expense allowance of NZ$4,000 (£1,395). Constituency allowance of between NZ$6,500 (£2,267) and NZ$14,000 (£4,883). Day allowance of NZ$27 (£9) for every sitting day attended and allowance of NZ$40 (£14) for every night away from home. All allowances tax-free.
PORTUGAL
House of Deputiesl,363,200Es (£5,950). All taxable.Taxable allowance of 1,380Es (£6) per day of attendance for Deputies living in Lison and 4,140Es (£18l per day of attendance for Deputies living outside Lisbon. Non-taxable allowance of 2,272Es (£10) per day of attendance for Deputies who are members of Parliamentary Committees.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Dail EirearnIR£17,978 (£16,152). All taxable.Subsistence allowance of IR£31 (£28) per night for sittings for MPs living 20 miles or more from Dublin. IR£19 (£17) day allowance for MPs living within 10 miles of Dublin.

Note: The figures in brackets in £s are converted from local currencies at rates of exchange at the close of 25 June.