Ministers: Pay

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage cut in the salaries of Government Ministers would be required in order to create savings sufficient to pay salaries at the appropriate level to all Ministers who are currently unpaid.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 limits the total number of ministerial salaries to 109, and there are 109 such salaries being paid. Accordingly, it would not be possible to pay salaries to those Ministers who are currently unpaid even if salaries were reduced. Indeed, Ministerial salaries have reduced by 5% this Parliament, saving approximately £4 million and demonstrating leadership in a time of pay restraint.

Information concerning levels of entitled ministerial salary can be found in the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 (amendment) Order 2011:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2011/9780111509258/body

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