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Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975

1975 CHAPTER 27

An Act to consolidate the enactments relating to the salaries of Ministers and Opposition Leaders and Chief Whips and to other matters connected therewith.

[8th May 1975]

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Commencement Information

I1Act wholly in force at Royal Assent

1 Salaries.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Act—

(a)there shall be paid to the holder of any Ministerial office specified in Schedule 1 to this Act such salary as is provided for by that Schedule; and

(b)there shall be paid to the Leaders and Whips of the Opposition such salaries as are provided for by Schedule 2 to this Act.

(2)There shall be paid to the Lord Chancellor a salary (which shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom) [F1of—

(a)£68,827, where the Lord Chancellor is a member of the House of Commons;

(b)otherwise, £101,038.]

(3)There shall be paid to the Speaker of the House of Commons a salary (which shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom) of [F2£75,766] a year; and on a dissolution of Parliament the Speaker of the House of Commons at the time of the dissolution shall for this purpose be deemed to remain Speaker until a Speaker is chosen by the new Parliament.

[F3( 3A )There shall be paid to the Speaker of the House of Lords a salary (which shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament) of [F4£101,038] a year.]

F5(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)A person to whom any salary is payable under subsection (1) above shall be entitled to receive only one such salary, but if he is the holder of two or more offices in respect of which a salary is so payable and there is a difference between the salaries payable in respect of those offices, the office in respect of which a salary is payable to him shall be that in respect of which the highest salary is payable.

[F6(6)Where a person who holds office as Lord Chancellor (and to whom a salary is accordingly payable under subsection (2)) is also the holder of one or more other offices in respect of which a salary is payable under this section, he shall only be entitled to one of those salaries.

(7)If, in the case of a person mentioned in subsection (6), there is a difference between the salaries payable in respect of the offices held by him, the office in respect of which a salary is payable to him shall be that in respect of which the highest salary is payable.]

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 1 power exercised by S.I. 1989/681

Amendments (Textual)

F3S. 1(3A) inserted by The Lord Chancellor (Transfer of Functions and Supplementary Provisions) (No. 3) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1640), art. 4, Sch. 2 para. 3(3) (with saving in art. 2) (the amendment coming into force on the day after the day on which the Lord Chancellor ceased to hold the office of Speaker of the House of Lords in accordance with art. 1 of the amending S.I.)

F5S. 1(4) repealed (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 1(1)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 1(1)(3)(3A) amended (10.7.2008) by The Ministerial and other Salaries Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/1781), arts. 1(2), 2(1)

[F7 1A Alteration of salaries.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)For each [F8relevant period, the annual amount] of any salary payable under [F9section 1(1),[F10(2)(a) or (b),] (3) or (3A)] of this Act shall be increased by the relevant percentage.

[F11(1A)“Relevant period” means—

(a)the period beginning with the day after the day on which the relevant Parliament is dissolved and ending with the following 31st March (“the first relevant period”), and

(b)each successive period of 12 months.

(1B)The “relevant Parliament” means the Parliament in which subsection (1A) comes into force.]

(2)The relevant percentage is the average percentage by which the mid-points of the Senior Civil Service pay bands having effect from 1st April of the [F12period] concerned have increased compared with the previous 1st April.

[F13(2A)If the first relevant period does not begin on 1st April, in relation to that period the reference in subsection (2) to 1st April of the period concerned is to be read as a reference to 1st April before the beginning of the first relevant period.]

(3)The mid-point of a Senior Civil Service pay band is the point half way between the maximum and the minimum.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F7Ss. 1A, 1B inserted (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 1(2)

F9Words in s. 1A(1) substituted by The Lord Chancellor (Transfer of Functions and Supplementary Provisions) (No. 3) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1640), art. 4, Sch. 2 para. 4 (with saving in art. 2) (the amendment coming into force on the day after the day on which the Lord Chancellor ceased to hold the office of Speaker of the House of Lords in accordance with art. 1 of the amending S.I.)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2S. 1A modified (10.7.2008) by The Ministerial and other Salaries Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/1781), arts. 1(2), 2(2)

F141B Power to make further alterations.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Her Majesty may from time to time by Order in Council make provision for changing the annual amount, or maximum or minimum annual amount, of any salary payable under section 1 of this Act.

(2)An Order in Council under subsection (1) above may—

(a)specify a new amount, or

(b)provide for an amount to be determined, or to change from time to time, by reference to another amount or a specified formula.

(3)An Order in Council under subsection (1) above may—

(a)make different provision for different circumstances, and

(b)make amendments to this Act.

(4)No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an Order in Council under subsection (1) above unless a draft of the Order has been approved—

(a)by resolution of each House of Parliament, or

(b)in the case of a draft which relates only to the salary of the Speaker of the House of Commons, by resolution of that House.

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Amendments (Textual)

F14Ss. 1A, 1B inserted (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 1(2)

2 Opposition Leaders and Whips.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act “Leader of the Opposition” means, in relation to either House of Parliament, that Member of that House who is for the time being the Leader in that House of the party in opposition to Her Majesty’s Government having the greatest numerical strength in the House of Commons; and “Chief Opposition Whip” means, in relation to either House of Parliament, the person for the time being nominated as such by the Leader of the Opposition in that House; and “Assistant Opposition Whip”, in relation to the House of Commons, means a person for the time being nominated as such, and to be paid as such, by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

(2)If any doubt arises as to which is or was at any material time the party in opposition to Her Majesty’s Government having the greatest numerical strength in the House of Commons, or as to who is or was at any material time the leader in that House of such a party, the question shall be decided for the purposes of this Act by the Speaker of the House of Commons, and his decision, certified in writing under his hand, shall be final and conclusive.

(3)If any doubt arises as to who is or was at any material time the Leader in the House of Lords of the said party, the question shall be decided for the purposes of this Act by [F15the Speaker of the House of Lords], and his decision, certified in writing under his hand, shall be final and conclusive.

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Amendments (Textual)

3 Provision for payment of salaries.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The salaries payable under section 1(1)(a) of this Act shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament and, in the case of those payable in respect of the following offices, that is to say—

(a)Treasurer, Comptroller and Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household; and

(b)Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, Captain of the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard and Lord in Waiting;

shall be paid out of money so provided as part of the expenses of the Treasury.

(2)The sums payable out of money provided by Parliament in respect of the salary of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster shall be reduced by the amount of the salary payable to him otherwise than out of moneys so provided in respect of his office.

(3)The salaries payable under section 1(1)(b) of this Act shall be charged on and payable out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom.

4 Interpretation.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act—

  • Junior Lord of the Treasury” means any Lord Commissioner of the Treasury other than the First Lord and the Chancellor of the Exchequer;

  • Minister of State” and “Parliamentary Secretary” have the same meanings as in the M1House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975.

[F16(2)The amount provided for by or under this Act as the amount of any salary payable out of money provided by Parliament shall be taken to be the maximum amount so payable; and accordingly the salary so payable in any year may be of a less amount than that provided for.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F16S. 4(2) substituted (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 2(1)

Marginal Citations

5 Short title, transitional provision and repeals.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975.

(2)Any Minute of the Treasury regulating the remuneration of the Law Officers of the Crown which is in force immediately before the coming into force of this Act shall have effect as if the relevant salary stated in Schedule 1 to this Act were substituted for the salary specified in the Minute.

X1(3)The enactments mentioned in Schedule 3 to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent mentioned in column 3 of the Schedule.

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X1The text of s. 5(3) is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991

SCHEDULES

Section 1.

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I. Ministerial Salaries

[F17PART IE+W+S+N.I.

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Amendments (Textual)

OfficeSalary
£
Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury76,762
Chancellor of the Exchequer68,827
Salary if the holder is a member of the House of CommonsSalary if the holder is not a member of the House of Commons
££

Secretary of State

Any of the following offices for so long as the holder is a member of the Cabinet—

(a)

Lord President of the Council

(b)

Lord Privy Seal

(c)

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

(d)

Paymaster General

(e)

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

(f)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

(g)

Minister of State

68,827101,038

PART IIE+W+S+N.I.

OfficeSalary if the holder is a member of the House of CommonsSalary if the holder is not a member of the House of Commons
££
1.

Any of the offices listed at (a) to (g) of Part I above for so long as the holder is not a member of the Cabinet

2.

Minister in charge of a public department of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom who is not a member of the Cabinet, and who is not eligible for a salary under any other provision of this Act

3.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury

33,00278, 891

PART IIIE+W+S+N.I.

OfficeSalary if the holder is a member of the House of CommonsSalary if the holder is not a member of the House of Commons
££
Attorney General95,772105,699
Solicitor General59,24891,755
Advocate General for Scotland59,24891,755

PART IVE+W+S+N.I.

OfficeSalary if the holder is a member of the House of CommonsSalary if the holder is not a member of the House of Commons
££
Parliamentary Secretary other than Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

23,697

68,710

Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household33,002

Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household

Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household

Junior Lord of the Treasury

Assistant Whip, House of Commons

19,239
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms78,891

Captain of the Queen’s

Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard

68,710
Lord in Waiting63,537]

Part VE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)The salary to be paid to the holder of any office mentioned above in this Schedule shall be of the annual amount [F18provided for] F19...E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The date on which the holder of any office listed at (a) to (g) in Part I above becomes or ceases to be a member of the Cabinet shall be notified in the London Gazette, and any such notification (whether before or after the passing of this Act) shall be conclusive evidence for the purposes of this Schedule.

[F20(3)For the purposes of this Schedule a person is a member of the House of Commons for the period beginning with the day after the day of the poll for the parliamentary election at which the person is elected, and ending with—

(a)if the person is a member immediately before Parliament is dissolved, the day of the poll for the parliamentary general election which follows the dissolution;

(b)otherwise, the day on which the person ceases to be a member.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F18Words in Sch. 1 Pt. V para. 1(1) substituted (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 2(2)

2In the case of the following offices a salary may be paid to more than one holder of the office at the same time, subject to the limitations expressed below, that is to say—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)Secretary of State, so long as not more than 21 salaries are paid at the same time in accordance with Part I above;

(b)Minister of State, so long as not more than 50 salaries are paid at the same time in accordance with Parts I and II above;

(c)Parliamentary Secretary other than Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, so long as not more than 83 salaries are paid at the same time in accordance with Parts I and II above taken together with salaries to any Parliamentary Secretary in accordance with Part IV above;

(d)Junior Lord of the Treasury, so long as not more than 5 salaries are paid at the same time;

(e)Assistant Whip, House of Commons, so long as not more than 7 salaries are paid at the same time;

(f)Lord in Waiting, so long as not more than 5 salaries are paid at the same time.

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I. Opposition Leaders and Whips

[F21PART IE+W+S+N.I.

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PositionSalary
£
In the House of Commons—
Leader of the Opposition63,098
Chief Opposition Whip33,002
Assistant Opposition Whips19,239
In the House of Lords—
Leader of the Opposition68,710
Chief Opposition Whip63,537]

Part IIE+W+S+N.I.

1The salary to be paid to any of the persons mentioned above in this Schedule shall be of the annual amount [F22provided for].E+W+S+N.I.

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Amendments (Textual)

F22Words in Sch. 2 Pt. II, para. 1 substituted (6.11.1997) by 1997 c. 62, s. 2(3)

2In the case of the Assistant Opposition Whips in the House of Commons, salaries may be paid to not more than 2 at the same time.E+W+S+N.I.

3No salary shall be payable in accordance with this Schedule to a person who is in receipt of a pension under section 26(1) (past Prime Ministers) of the M2Parliamentary and other Pensions Act 1972.E+W+S+N.I.

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Section 5(3)

X2SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I. REPEALS

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X2The text of Sch. 3 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991

ChapterShort TitleExtent of Repeal
1972 c. 3.The Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1972.The whole Act.
1974 c. 21.The Ministers of the Crown Act 1974.Section 1.

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