Pay for Chairmen of Standing Committees

Committees — Administration Committee – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 13th July 2005.

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That this House—

(1) takes note of the Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on Pay for Standing Committee Chairmen in the House of Commons presented to Parliament on 6th July (Cm 6566); and

(2) expresses the opinion that—

(a) with effect from 1st November 2005, the salary of a Member should be higher by the amount specified in sub-paragraph (b) 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 the Member has been nominated by the Speaker to act as a temporary chairman of committees in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) ('a member of the Panel'), other than to the extent that the provisions of sub-paragraph (d) apply;

(b) for a Member who has served on the Panel for less than one year, the additional amount should be £2,615; for a Member who has served on the Panel for at least one year but less than three years, the additional amount should be £7,340; for a Member who has served on the Panel for at least three years and less than five years, the additional amount should be £9,960; and for a Member who has served on the Panel for at least five years, the additional amount should be £13,107; and for the purposes of this sub-paragraph length of service should include membership of the Panel before 1st November 2005 and should be calculated irrespective of breaks in service;

(c) a period should begin for the purpose of sub-paragraph (a) on the day on which the Member is appointed to the Panel, or on 1st November 2005, whichever is the later; and end on the day on which the Member ceases to be a member of the Panel;

(d) there should be disregarded for the purpose of sub-paragraph (a) any period in respect of which the Member is receiving additional payment as Chairman of a Select Committee;

(e) the provisions of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 relating to Members' Salaries (No. 2) should apply, with effect from 1st April 2006, to a salary determined in accordance with sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) as they apply in relation to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of that Resolution; and

(f) the Speaker should have authority to interpret these provisions.—[Mr. Coaker.]

Amendment proposed: in line 15, leave out from 'than' to 'the' in line 21 and insert

'two years, the additional amount should be £7,340 and for a Member who has served for more than two years'. —[Mr. Forth.]

The House divided: Ayes 85, Noes 220.

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Question accordingly negatived.

Main Question put:—

The House divided: Ayes 226, Noes 74.

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Aye: 224 MPs

No: 72 MPs

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Abstained: 2 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.