HC Deb 19 March 1952 vol 497 cc217-8W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the cost of transport allowed to Members of Parliament for each of the years from 1946 to the latest date.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The information asked for is as follows:

Financial Year:
£ s. d.
1946–47 57,974 19 9
1947–48 62,998 17 8
1948–49 73,191 12 0
1949–50 70,393 4 2
1950–51 69,061 11 3

In addition, the proportion of the cost of the late night transport service attributable to its use by Members in 1947–48 was about£464.

Mr. Lewis

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the increase in the price of House of Commons stationery since 1946.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to House of Commons notepaper and envelopes supplied to Members on repayment. The average increase in price is about 80 per cent.: increases in the prices of individual items vary substantially.