Former Prime Ministers: Public Duty Cost Allowances

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which former Prime Ministers have been given public duty cost allowances; how much those allowances were; and which specific and itemised duties they performed.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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

2011/12
Gordon Brown £114,998.17
Baroness Thatcher £109,191.00
John Major £115,000.00
Tony Blair £115,000.00
2012/13
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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