House of Lords: Reform

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 21st May 2012.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the Government's estimate of the cost of setting up and running the House of Lords as envisaged in his draft Bill.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The costs of a reformed House of Lords will depend on a number of variables. In particular the number of members and the transitional arrangements will affect the cost of members' salaries and allowances. We are considering the report of the Joint Committee on the Government's draft Bill before finalising our proposals for reform. We will publish full costs when we introduce a Bill.

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