Former Prime Ministers

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Pete Wishart Pete Wishart Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Culture and Sport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitution)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much in public duty costs allowance has been paid to each former Prime Minister in each year since 2010; what the limit is of the public duty costs allowance for former Prime Ministers; when that limit was last reviewed; whether the public duty costs allowance is payable in addition to their parliamentary allowances to former Prime Ministers who remain Members of Parliament; what audit is undertaken of claims made under the public duty costs allowance by former Prime Ministers; what checks are made to ensure that claims against the allowance meet the criteria for funding from the allowance; what guidance is provided to former Prime Ministers on claiming from the public duty costs allowance; and if he will place in the Library a copy of that guidance.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The amounts paid in 2011-12 and 2012-13 are as follows:

Gordon Brown 114,998.17
Baroness Thatcher 109,191.00
John Major 115,000.00
Tony Blair 115,000.00
John Major 114,996.00
Gordon Brown 100,315.68
Baroness Thatcher 74,087.76
Tony Blair 115,000.00

The current limit for the PDCA is £115,000. The limit is reviewed on an annual basis.

Former Prime Ministers will continue to receive the PDCA if they are a sitting MP, provided they are not serving as Leader of the Opposition.

Claims are processed by the Cabinet Office and form part of the annual audit of Cabinet Office expenditure.

All former Prime Ministers are provided with guidance on the PDCA. A copy of this has been placed in the Library of the House.

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