House of Lords Reform

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of elections to a reformed House of Lords where (a) 80% and (b) 100% of its members are elected.

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

The Government published their cost projections for House of Lords reform on 27 June 2012. These are available on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/house-lords-reform-bill-documents

The total cost of elections to an 80% elected House of Lords is estimated at £85.7 million per election in 2012-13 price terms. This figure consists of £42.9 million for the conduct of the poll and £42.8 million for candidates' mailings. The Government have made no estimate of the cost of elections to a 100% elected House of Lords.

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