Today’s Wales on Sunday reveals those Welsh MPs who are taking home additional cash on top of their basic £67,060 salary:
The latest register of MPs financial interests show that the biggest earner outside of Parliament was the Conservative MP for Cardiff North Jonathan Evans.
The former lawyer is paid £110,004 a year on top of his MP’s salary from his work as non-executive chairman of four linked pension fund companies that are part of the Phoenix Group.
Close behind, former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain, Labour’s Neath MP, made an additional £70,650 outside Parliament.
That was made up of £31,500 from Amara Mining Plc, of which he is a non-executive director; £20,000 from London’s Developing Market Associates Ltd; £15,000 from Swansea University; £1,650 for penning an article; £1,500 from South Wales University and £1,000 for speaking at a Belfast festival.
“They are all registered and I don’t have anything to add to that,” said Mr Hain
“I do charity work as well.”
Rhondda MP and shadow welfare reform minister Chris Bryant also earned £43,142 plus expenses of £4,987.12.
He picked up £2,077.77 for giving a speech to the Fundación Euroamérica in Spain, £31,375 in book advances, £540 for writing Guardian articles and £8,750 for writing columns for The Independent.
Plaid’s Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd, who represents Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, received £5,000 for work with the Constables’ Central Committee of the Police Federation of England and Wales, £270 from the BBC on top of £600 – plus £73 expenses – for an appearance on University Challenge.
He said: “One question asked if we could name the four different mustards of Europe.
“The questions were so obscure it was beyond belief.”
He has since mentioned this to host Jeremy Paxman.
Those who saw Mr. Llwyd’s appearance might wish to work out how much he was paid for each correct answer he gave. It will be a fairly straightforward calculation.