MPs' salaries — Increase with Public Sector Earnings Index — rejected — 3 Jul 2008 at 15:05
The majority of MPs voted against the motion:
- This House notes Sir John Baker's Review of Parliamentary Pay and Allowances (Cm 7416), and is of the opinion that the recommendations in the Review for the annual salary of a Member of this House to be increased by reference to a linkage to the Public Sector Average Earnings Index combined with regular reviews of the salary and the link should be implemented, such that--
- from 1st April 2008 and from 1st April of each subsequent year a Member's salary should be increased by the percentage increase in the 3 month average Public Sector Average Earnings Index for January of that year relative to the figure for January of the previous year;
- the SSRB should conduct a review of Members' salaries in the first year of each new Parliament unless such a review has taken place within the preceding two years;
- an additional salary payable to a Member under Resolutions of this House in respect of service as a chairman of select or general committees should be changed by the same percentage and from the same time as the salary of a Member.
An alternative motion proposed which substituted highlighted section with:
- ... by an uprating formula which increases the salary by a percentage equal to the median of relevant increases for the following public sector groups:
- senior military,
- holders of judicial office,
- very senior NHS managers,
- doctors and dentists,
- the Prison Service,
- NHS staff,
- school teachers,
- the Armed Forces,
- police officers,
- Local Government;
- non-Senior Civil Service staff in each of the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office; and
- the Senior Civil Service;
A vote was called for this new motion, but since no Tellers were put forward, the Speaker declared that the Ayes had it without completing the vote.
The reasoning behind using this cluster of values is given here.
-  Harriet Harman MP, House of Commons, 3 July 2008
-  Hariett Harman MP, House of Commons, 3 July 2008
-  Mr Speaker, House of Commons, 3 July 2008
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||165 (+2 tell)||68||0||67.1%|
|LDem||14||21 (+2 tell)||0||58.7%|