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MP’s Pay

Put that this would be the last time that MP’s decide their own pay, and asked what system the Prime Minister favoured, the PMS replied that this was all subject to a review as Harriet Harman announced at Business Questions earlier today.

Asked if the review would be published next Wednesday, the PMS replied that there were two separate reviews here – The Senior Salaries Review relating to 2007 pay would be published on Wednesday, and separately at some point there would be a review that would deal with the future.

Asked if the review would be subject to a vote in the House, the PMS replied that it would depend on exactly what was recommended. The general expectation was that any change would require primary legislation.

Asked who would carry out this review, the PMS replied that we had asked, and he understood that he had accepted, Sir John Baker, the current but soon to be retiring Chair of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Asked if it was fair to say that MPs would be given a vote on whether they would be allowed to vote on their own pay rises, the PMS replied that if there were to be any change in the system, then it was reasonable to anticipate that a change would require primary legislation.

Asked if the MPs failed to heed what the Prime Minister has said on the current round, and did accept the SSRB recommendation then there was nothing the government could do about that, the PMS replied that it was a free vote by convention, but the Prime Minister on behalf of the Government made clear his position.

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