172566 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Ged Killen
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the savings that will accrue to the public purse of the change in the pay for Members of the Legislative Assembly announced in her statement on 6 September 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

On 6 September, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that she will, by way of determination, bring forward a two stage 27.5% reduction in MLA pay with the first reduction to come into effect from November.

The Northern Ireland Office has not undertaken any estimate of the savings that will accrue from this reduction. The budget for the payment of salaries to MLAs is held by the Assembly Commission which is the corporate body of the NI Assembly.