A statement issued by the Parliament Department of Information, Public Relations and International Cooperation, said it was absurd to say that MPs’ salaries had been increased, while the Budget for Parliament had not been tabled and approved.
“The Budget for the Prime Minister’s Office, which includes vote No. 42 that contains a Budget for Parliament has not been tabled.
Therefore, it is not true to say that there is an increment in the MPs’ salary sub vote,” reads part of the statement.
The statement elaborates further that salaries for all public servants and MPs are adjusted by a special circular from the President’s Office and not the Parliamentary Commission or any other committee.
“The last circular from the President’s Office, which gives directives on MPs’ responsibilities, was issued on October 25, 2010 and it states that an MP will be entitled to a salary grade of LSS (P) 2. The circular is still in use,” adds the statement.
The statement says that a proposal to increase the Parliament Budget by 32 per cent as contained in the Budget Book No. 2 of recurrent expenditure does not relate in any way with salary increments.