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