To ask the Leader of the House how much was paid in salaries and allowances to hon. Members (a) including and (b) excluding payments to Ministers in each year since 1996–97.
The cost of salaries and allowances, excluding ministerial payments are as follows:
|MP salaries and related costs(1)||Allowances(2)|
(1) This includes: Members' salaries; salaries of the Chairman of Ways and Means and deputies; social security costs; and the London supplement.
(2) Allowances include: office costs allowance; incidental expenses provision; Members' staffing budget; additional costs allowance; travel (including to EU institutions); winding-up allowance.
Information is not yet available for 2003–04. Following the introduction of resource accounting, figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are not directly comparable with those for 2000–01 and earlier years.
Ministerial salaries are paid directly by their respective Government Department. Records of ministerial pay are not held centrally and do not distinguish between Lords and Commons Ministers. The information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.