§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total amount spent on severance payments to those who have resigned, retired or been dismissed from ministerial office for each year since 1990.
§ Mr. Aitken
The Prime Minister explained on 7 December 1993Official Report, columns 142–43 in his reply to an earlier question from the hon. Member that no composite list then existed of severance payments made under the Parliamentary Pensions Act 1984 and the Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991.
The Treasury instituted a composite record of such payments with effect from 1 January 1994 on the basis of written confirmation from individual Departments. Since that date, the record shows that the total amount expended on severance payments in accordance with the terms of the relevant Act has been £131,776.75.