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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- This clause states that the salaries of Ministers shall aggregate £13,560 annually. That is an increase of £1,320 on the present, total allowance. At the secondreading stage I asked the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons), who was then in charge of the measure, a question in connexion with this matter. The right honorable gentleman is now absent from the chamber. I understand that the extra allowanceof a full-time Minister is about £800 a year, but this bill makes provision for £1,320. I want to know why there is that difference when all that will be required will be the increased allowance due to one Minister, who was previously an Assistant Minister, the amount involved being about £400.

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