HC Deb 07 July 1961 vol 643 cc171-2W
Dr. A. Thompson

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, in view of the difficulty of obtaining reasonably priced hotel accommodation during the tourist season, what consideration has been given to the provision of residential accommodation for Members of Parliament whose homes are too distant to enable daily travel to and from Westminster.

Sir E. Boyle

The need for Members with homes distant from Westminster to meet the cost of accommodation in London was taken into account when provision was made for an additional sum of £750 a year to be paid to Members in respect of their Parliamentary expenses. This was made clear in the statement by the Leader of the House on 9th July, 1957. In the circumstances, no consideration has been given—and none is contemplated—to the provision of residential accommodation for Members when in London for the purpose of their Parliamentary duties.