Payment of Members of Parliament Act, 1926
(Assented to 8th June, 1926.)
(Signed by the Governor-General in Afrikaans.)
Be it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:―
“56. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, every member of the Senate and the House of Assembly (excluding Ministers receiving a salary under the Crown, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Assembly) shall receive an allowance of seven hundred pounds per annum.
(2) For every day during which any such member fails to attend a meeting of the House of which he is a member there shall be deducted the sum of six pounds: Provided that such member shall be exempted from deductions on account of such failure―
|(a)||for any day on which he attends a meeting of any Committee of the House of which he is a member; and|
|(b)||when his absence is due to his illness or to the summons or subpœna of a competent Court (except a summons to answer a criminal charge upon which he is convicted); and|
|(c)||when his absence is due to the death or serious illness of his wife and such absence is condoned by the Sessional Committee on Standing Orders of the Senate or the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders of the House of Assembly (as the case may be); and|
|(d)||in respect of any further period of absence not exceeding fifteen days on which he so fails to attend during a session at which the estimates of expenditure for the ordinary administrative services of a financial year are considered.|
(3) Subject to the deductions incurred, if any, the Clerk of the House concerned shall pay to every such member of the House of which he is Clerk the allowance aforesaid in monthly instalments, the first month to be reckoned from the date notified in the Gazette as the date on which the member concerned was nominated or elected (as the case may be).
(4) The amount of the allowances paid under this section shall be charged annually to the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the provision of this sub-section shall be deemed to be an appropriation of every such amount.”
2. The Payment of Members or Parliament Act, 1915, is hereby repealed.
3. This Act may be cited as the Payment of Members of Parliament Act, 1926, and shall be deemed to have commenced on the first day of April, 1926.