HC Deb 28 May 1982 vol 24 c431W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give a detailed list of the rates of allowances claimed by civil servants at various stated grades when away from office as expenses; whether these are taxable; and for the longest and most convenient stated period of time, how much has been claimed and paid under these agreements.

Mr. Hayhoe

There are several different rates of subsistence allowances in the United Kingdom ranging from £1.65 for an absence of between 5 and 10 hours for lower paid officers to £47.55 for a 24 hours absence in inner London for higher paid officers. Full details of these rates are set out in the annex to paragraphs 4710 to 4829 of the Civil Service pay and conditions of service code, a copy of which is in the Library. The allowances are nontaxable. Separate records of subsistence costs are not kept but it is estimated that the total cost of subsistence payments is about £75 million a year.