Answer: “more than 300
” according to Lord Howell of Guildford
, the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
As previously revealed, the Prime Minister David Cameron, left, receives an annual salary of £142,500
, which roughly equates to €170,000 at current exchange rates.
Answering a written question from Lord Stoddart of Swindon
, Lord Howell revealed that all 27
European Commissioners of the Barroso II earn in excess of this amount as well as EU civil servants in grades AD16 and AD15 (director-general level).
“We do not have access to the salary details of individual EU officials. We do have access to salary scales and the approximate number of officials in each grade … There are some 300 staff in these grades,” he said.
Naturally, the Conservative Lord then used this statement to attack spending on the EU, writing: “at a time when Governments across the EU are reining in their spending, it is only right that the EU institutions think carefully about every euro that they spend to ensure that they get the most from their money.
“We are currently pushing for a freeze in the 2011 budget and expect salary levels to reflect the current economic conditions.
But before the comments flood in that they are being paid too much, do note that there are lots of others in this country who earn more than the PM, perhaps similarly ‘unjustly’ – for example, NHS executives
, some 170 UK civil servants, a primary school headmaster
and even the headmaster of my former ‘cash-strapped’ Secondary School…