§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the annual cost was of ministerial salaries in her Department in(a) 1997–98 and (b) 2001–02. 
§ Yvette Cooper
The levels of ministerial salaries are recommended by the senior salaries review body. From May 1997, in this Department there was one Cabinet Minister (the Lord Chancellor) at an annual salary of £140,665, and one parliamentary secretary at an annual salary of £23,623. From June 2001, there was one Cabinet Minister (again, the Lord Chancellor) at an annual salary of £173,875; one parliamentary secretary (House of Lords) at an annual salary of £60,961; and two parliamentary secretaries (House of Commons) at an annual salary of £26,835.