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Information relating to MPs' salaries
FOI047
Disclosure Date:17 Aug 2010
Categories: MPs' PAY AND PENSIONS
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Under FOI please will you be able to answer the following questions for me -

  1. Who pays the salaries off the MP's?
  2. When is the payment made each month?
  3. On what date did the Conservatives and Lib Dems have their pay frozen?
  4. Has this been implemented?
  5. On what date did the Conservatives and Lib Dems have their pay reduced?
  6. Has this been implemented?
  7. Did any other party take a pay freeze or reduction?
  8. Did the main opposition party's shadow ministers take a pay cut?
  9. Did the speaker take a pay freeze?
  10. Did the speaker take a pay cut?
Response

Each Member of Parliament receives a basic salary that is paid by IPSA. The basic salary for each Member of Parliament for the financial year 2010/11 is £65,738 per annum. IPSA also pays the uplift in salary for those Members who chair Select Committees. Payments are made on the last working day of each month.

To date, no request has been made by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Labour parties to have MPs’ salaries frozen or reduced collectively. Nor has any other party.

Since 7 May 2010, three MPs have waived their salary increases for this financial year.

IPSA is responsible for payment of MPs’ basic salaries. Any additional remuneration such as Ministerial or Shadow Ministerial pay remains the responsibility of the government department or the party to which they belong respectively. As such, we do not hold information on how much additional pay they receive.

The Speaker of the House of Commons receives a basic MP salary from IPSA as above. IPSA does not hold any information on any additional remuneration the Speaker of the House of Commons receives.