Most lawmakers support a salary increase for the chief executive and think he should not take another post for five years after stepping down, according to the head of an inquiry into arrangements for former chief executives. Wong Po-yan, chairman of the Independent Commission on Remuneration Package and Post-office Arrangements for the Chief Executive, was speaking after consulting several lawmakers to gauge their views At the same time, Constitutional Affairs Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung said the chief executive's salary could be raised to more than $300,000 a month. Mr Lam told RTHK that when the so-called accountability system was introduced in 2002, ministers were given extra money to compensate for their lack of benefits, such as travel and education allowances. But the chief executive's salary was not covered by this system and, as a result, he was paid about $50,000 a month less than the chief secretary. 'The chief executive's salary is $240,000-plus [a month], and he is entitled to a one-off gratuity worth 25 per cent of salary,' Mr Lam said. 'If the gratuity and other terms of employment are turned into cash, his salary can be raised to more than $300,000 - higher than the chief secretary, who gets about $290,000.' He also said former chief executives might get their own office and secretary because leaders from both overseas and the mainland always asked to meet the former chief executive when visiting. Commission chairman Mr Wong said an office could be provided for former chief executives. 'We can see if we can provide some services such as an office,' he said. Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, suggested retired chief executives receive extra support, such as a driver and bodyguard.