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Short Money

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 3rd March 2016.

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Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland Office) 9:30 am, 3rd March 2016

When the Government plans to make a decision on future levels of Short money.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

The Cabinet Office published a document on 18 February seeking views from members of the parliamentary parties panel, political parties, individuals who were elected to the House of Commons at the last election, and the Clerk of the House, with a deadline of 7 March for written submissions. I understand that there will also be oral discussions. These responses will be considered before any decision is taken. We will then put forward a proposal for Parliament to approve.

Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

Government consultation is ongoing, but there is clearly a pressing need to know what resources will be available in a few weeks’ time. Can the Deputy Leader of the House assure us that no changes to the Short money allocation formula will take effect until the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year at the earliest?

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

The Government have not yet reached any conclusions, but my understanding is that that is part of the ongoing discussion between the parties.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Conservative, Corby

When making decisions about Short money, will Ministers ensure that appropriate arrangements are put in place for transparency about how those moneys are spent?

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

I welcome that contribution from my hon. Friend. That is indeed part of the proposal in our call for views, and I am sure he can write in to that formally to add weight to that argument.