HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 cc319-20W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state, for any given period of time, the costs to Her Majesty's Government in fares, subsistence allowance and expenses of delegates to the Council of Europe; how the daily allowances compare with the average costs involved; what is the daily allowance; and whether, in view of the Government's call for economies, he will take steps to reduce these expenses.

Mrs. White

From 1st April, 1965, to 31st March, 1966, the cost to Her Majesty's Government amounted to £10,941, being £4,765 for fares, £3,573 for subsistence allowances and hotels and £2,603 for various expenses including transport and official entertainment. The daily allowance for Members of Parliament, excluding hotel accommodation, is £3 13s. per day in Paris and £3 6s. in Strasbourg. These allowances are fixed on the basis of the actual cost of living in the places concerned and are reviewed at regular intervals.

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