Leader of the Opposition

Leader of the House written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Stephen Metcalfe Stephen Metcalfe Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock

To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the public purse was of the Leader of the Opposition's Short Money travel allowance, paid to the Labour Party, in each individual financial year in the 2010 Parliament to date.

Photo of William Hague William Hague First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons

As part of the Short Money scheme, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition receives an annual sum to meet costs incurred in caryring out its parliamentary business. Travel costs for the Leader of the Oppsition are not funded separately. However, each party in receipt of Short Money may claim for travelling expenses incurred by opposition spokespeople in relation to the party's parliamentary business. Payments made in respect of both budgets are shown below:

Financial YearOffice of the Leader of OppositionLabour Party Travel
2010/11 (from 7 May 2010)£604,493.00£129,991.79
2011/12£700,699.00£150,679.43
2012/13£734,333.00£157,912.04
2013/14£757,096.86£162,807.53
2014/15 (to 26 January 2015)£583,153.86£0.00

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