Peers: Allowances

The Senior Deputy Speaker written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much was paid to members of the House in allowances in each of the last 15 years.

Photo of Lord McFall of Alcluith Lord McFall of Alcluith Chair, Freedom of Information Advisory Panel (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, The Senior Deputy Speaker

The total paid to Members of the House in allowances, travel and subsistence expenses under the Members Finance Scheme in relation to attendance at the House of Lords in each of the last 15 years was as follows:

Financial Year

Total £000s

2017-18

17,604

2016-17

21,872

2015-16

18,787

2014-15

19,638

2013-14

20,658

2012-13

19,637

2011-12

21,611

2010-11

17,856

2009-10

16,033

2008-09

17,514

2007-08

17,152

2006-07

16,306

2005-06

14,401

2004-05

13,355

2003-04

12,574

The scheme of financial support for Members changed on 1 October 2010. Prior to then, in addition to travel costs, Members could claim reimbursement of expenses under categories entitled Overnight Subsistence, Day Subsistence, and Office Costs.

The totals differ from the summary numbers published in the notes to the annual Resource Accounts as to be consistent with classification over a long period of time the above totals only include amounts paid for travel, Daily Allowance (since 1 October 2010), Overnight Subsistence, Day Subsistence and Office Costs (prior to 1 October 2010).

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