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Members' Salaries

Leader of the House written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett Shadow Minister, Home Affairs, Shadow Solicitor General, Law Officers (Constitutional Affairs)

To ask the Leader of the House how much was paid in salaries and allowances to hon. Members (a) including and (b) excluding payments to Ministers in each year since 1996–97.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Parliamentary Secretary

The cost of salaries and allowances, excluding ministerial payments are as follows:

£000
MP salaries and related costs(1) Allowances(2)
Cash basis
1996–97 28,883 45,894
1997–98 39,060 49,368
1998–99 32,436 47,237
1999–2000 34,167 47,647
2000–01 35,117 49,066
Resource basis
2001–02 40,856 66,745
2002–03 39,801 75,412

(1) This includes: Members' salaries; salaries of the Chairman of Ways and Means and deputies; social security costs; and the London supplement.

(2) Allowances include: office costs allowance; incidental expenses provision; Members' staffing budget; additional costs allowance; travel (including to EU institutions); winding-up allowance.

Information is not yet available for 2003–04. Following the introduction of resource accounting, figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are not directly comparable with those for 2000–01 and earlier years.

Ministerial salaries are paid directly by their respective Government Department. Records of ministerial pay are not held centrally and do not distinguish between Lords and Commons Ministers. The information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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