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Speaker's Chaplain (2017)

Request

According to the webpage on the House of Commons website titled 'Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons', the Speaker's Chaplain has been paid a salary since the 1830s. The specific question with regards to the cost of the Speaker's Chaplain can be found below.

  1. What is the current annual salary of the Speaker's Chaplain (i.e. for the year 2017, or if applicable 2016/2017?
  2. What was the annual salary of the Speaker's Chaplain for the years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or if applicable for the years 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2011, 2010/2011?
  3. What was the total cost of any expenses incurred by the Speaker's Chaplain for which the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons was liable for, for the years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or if applicable for the years 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2011, 2010/2011?

 

Response

Please note that the role of Speaker’s Chaplain is a part-time post, currently 13.5 hours per week.  The role dates back to 1597 and today the Chaplain to the Speaker not only reads the daily prayer in the Chamber but is also available pastorally to Members of Parliament, Peers, their staff and the staff of both Houses of Parliament.

  1. What is the current annual salary of the Speaker's Chaplain (i.e. for the year 2017, or if applicable 2016/2017)?
    and
  2. What was the annual salary of the Speaker's Chaplain for the years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or if applicable for the years 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2011, 2010/2011?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The specific salary for the Speaker’s Chaplain is personal data, and has been withheld. Detailed salary information is exempt by virtue of section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the exemption for personal information), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
    However, to be helpful we are able to supply you with details of the full-time range for the pay band, from which the Chaplain’s pro-rata part time salary band can be calculated.
  3. What was the total cost of any expenses incurred by the Speaker's Chaplain for which the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons was liable for, for the years 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or if applicable for the years 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2011, 2010/2011?
    Information relating to the cost of any expenses incurred specifically by the Speaker’s Chaplain is not held by the House of Commons.
    The Speaker’s Chaplain may incur costs for minor expenses such as stationery, business cards or other small expenditure such as telephone charges, but these costs come out of the Speaker’s Office budget and cannot be disaggregated from other expenditure.