That a supplementary sum not exceeding £30,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the period commencing on the 1st day of April, 1974, and ending on the 31st day of December, 1974, for the salaries and expenses of the Houses of the Oireachtas, including certain grants-in-aid.
Subhead A, £25,000, is to provide the increases which become payable under the Members of the Oireachtas and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices (Allowances and Salaries) Order, 1974, which has already been before the House for more than 21 days and has not been disputed.
Subhead B is in respect of increased motor mileage rates and overnight allowances for Deputies.
Subhead D is a similar increase for Senators.
Subhead I is to provide for the payment of pensions to widows of former Members of the Oireachtas whose membership terminated before the introduction of the contributory scheme in 1960.
Subhead J is to provide a sum of £24,000 which is required to meet the addition required for the operation of parity provisions for former Members of the House. This principle was approved by resolution of the House last July.