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Public Expenditure

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 4th March 2003.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what total public spending on the House of Commons was in each year from 1992–93 to 2003–04 (planned), broken down by (a) hon. Members' salaries and allowances, (b) other staff costs, (c) building costs and (d) other costs; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Archy Kirkwood Mr Archy Kirkwood Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

The amounts of cash spent, or estimated to be spent, in each year are as follows:

Expenditure from 1992–93 to 2003–04
1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01
Members' pay and allowances 67,038 68,502 69,469 72,128 81,766 95,819 86,175 91,495 94,417
House staff costs 26,180 30,519 31,056 31,949 33,795 34,951 37,483 39,928 40,943
Accommodation 19,745 21,248 25,934 27,802 29,111 33,620 34,609 35,656 38,844
Portcullis House 3,367 7,662 6,292 15,104 30,002 35,958 54,893 44,769 38,557
Other 37,307 36,733 36,364 38,986 37,284 40,699 46,565 44,598 41,653
153,637 164,664 169,115 185,969 211,958 241,047 259,725 256,446 254,414
Expenditure from 1992–93 to 2003–04
2001–02 2002–03 Forecast 2003–04 Planned
Members' pay and allowances 116,567 131,000 143,607
House staff costs 43,000 47,820 46,907
Accommodation 41,558 44,345 35,708
Portcullis House 6,686 2,657
Other 41,264 48,790 58,215
249,075 274,612 284,437

Notes:

The Members' costs shown include financial assistance to opposition parties (Short money) and the regular payments to the Members' Fund;

Staff costs include pensions paid in-year;

Accommodation includes new works, maintenance, rent rates and utilities; and

The figures in 2001–02 show the cash spent in the year. This was the first year of resource accounting and the figures in the audited accounts are now presented on a resource basis

The House of Commons Commission is not responsible for the pay and allowances of hon. Members. However, to assist the hon. Member for Yeovil I have included figures already on the public record.

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