Nasty shock for (British Prime Minister) David Cameron as Peer (member of the House of Lords) exposes huge salaries paid to EU Officials. The EU is the European superstate - the one-nation that is now Europe and the future base of Antichrist, the revived Roman Empire.
The Government has provided a stunning reply to a question from independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon on the levels of salaries paid to EU officials. In a written reply (13.7.10), Lord Howell of Guildford, for the Government, has revealed not just that all 27 European Commissioners earn more than the Prime Minister but that a further 300 EU officials are on a pay scale which starts at a 'minimum' that is greater than Mr Cameron's £142,500 salary.
Lord Stoddart, commenting on the Government's response said: "These statistics are quite staggering and reveal that there is an unelected governing elite in Brussels, with golden remuneration packages that are an insult to the taxpayer which subsidises them. It is worth noting that we are only talking about salaries here. These grandiose officials will have many other perks including lavish expenses of which ordinary working people can only dream. It would appear that by comparison to this pampered and overpaid elite that our Prime Minister is a somewhat underpaid office junior! It seems that the European Commissioners and their staff are well insulated from the effects of the economic downturn.
"Britain needs a Government with both the will and the political strength necessary to put an end to this madness."
The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s reply is below:
Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon
To ask Her Majesty's Government which European Union Commissioners and officials receive a higher salary than the Prime Minister.[HL845]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): My right honourable friend the Prime Minister's salary of £142,500 equates to approximately €170,000 (at current exchange rates). All 27 members of the College of Commissioners receive a higher salary than this. We do not hold information as to which EU officials earn a salary in excess of €170,000.
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. Officials in grades AD 16 and AD 15 (director-general level) have scales in which the minimum is above the salary of the Prime Minister. There are some 300 staff in these grades.
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.