§ Mr. H. Brooke
On 30th January, 1956, 522 hon. Members were claiming Sessional Allowance. The maximum which can be drawn in the current financial 1078 year is about £280, but some hon. Members may draw less. The allowance is a contribution towards the necessary expenses of hon. Members, on which they would otherwise be entitled to claim tax relief, and they are not expected to draw Sessional Allowance in excess of their necessary expenses. The net value varies according to the level of expenses of different hon. Members and their personal circumstances, and I cannot give an average figure.