PAY FOR CHAIRMEN OF SELECT COMMITTEES (No. 2)

Pay for Chairmen of Select Committees – in the House of Commons at 4:38 pm on 30th October 2003.

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Queen's recommendation having been signified—

Motion made, and Question put,

That the following provision shall be made with respect to the salaries of Members of this House—

(1) With effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the salary of a Member shall be £12,500 per annum higher than the figure determined in accordance with the provisions of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 in respect of any period during which he is the Chairman of a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), the Environmental Audit Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee, the Committee of Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Public Administration, the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights or the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, other than to the extent that the provisions of paragraph (3) apply.

(2) A period begins for the purpose of paragraph (1)—

(i) with the day on which the Member becomes Chairman of such a committee, or

(ii) with the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, in the case of a Member who became Chairman before that time; and ends on the day on which the Member ceases to be Chairman (or, if he is Chairman of more than one such committee, he ceases to be Chairman of the last of those committees).

(3) There shall be disregarded for the purpose of paragraph (1)—

(i) any period which is of less than 24 hours duration; and

(ii) any period, or part thereof, in respect of which the Member is also entitled to an additional salary by virtue of any provision of the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975.

(4) Reference to any Committee in paragraph (1) shall—

(i) if the name of the Committee is changed, be taken (subject to sub-paragraph (ii)) to be a reference to the Committee by its new name; and

(ii) if the functions of the Committee become functions of a different Committee, be taken to be a reference to the Committee by whom the functions are for the time being exercisable.

(5) The provisions of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 relating to Members' Salaries (No. 2) shall apply, with effect from 1st April 2004, to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) as they apply in relation to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of that Resolution.

(6) The Speaker shall have authority to interpret these provisions and to determine rules from time to time for their implementation.—[Mr. Woolas.]

The House divided: Ayes 81, Noes 53.

Division number 347 Pay for Chairmen of Select Committees — PAY FOR CHAIRMEN OF SELECT COMMITTEES (No. 2)

Aye: 81 MPs

No: 53 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Scottish National Party, Banff and Buchan

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. In view of the narrow majorities and low turnout in the votes that we have just had, will the Leader of the House make a statement in early course saying that he will take into account the substantial and widespread unease that was expressed in the debate about the precise nature of the proposals?

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

That is not a point of order for the Chair, but the Leader of the House is present and will have heard the hon. Gentleman's remarks.