HC Deb 16 January 1984 vol 52 cc23-4W
Mr. Andrew Bowden

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Queen's Civil List and the annuities to be paid to other members of the Royal Family in 1984.

Mr. Lawson

Under section 5 of the Civil List Act 1972 the royal trustees are required to keep under review the yearly amounts of Civil List expenditure, and the sums available to meet that expenditure, and from time to time make reports to the Treasury concerning those matters.

The first such report made under the above provisions was made on 31 December 1974 and published as HC 199 of 12 February 1975. Under these same provisions the royal trustees made a further report to the Treasury dated 31 December 1983 which was today laid before the House of Commons in accordance with section 5(4) of the Civil List Act 1972, HC 183 of 16 January 1984.

A statutory order giving effect to the recommendations is being made under the provisions of section 6(5) of the Civil List Act 1972, and will shortly be laid before Parliament.

The effect of the recommendations of the royal trustees on amounts payable to the Royal Family in the present and previous calendar year is as follows:

Figures given in answer to Parliamentary Question on 15 March 1983 1983 £ If Royal Trustees recommendation implemented 1984 £
The Queen's Civil List 3,710,400 3,850,000
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 321,500 334,400
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 179,300 186,500
HRH The Princess Anne, Mrs. Mark Phillips 111,700 116,200
HRH The Prince Andrew 20,000 20,000
HRH The Prince Edward 20,000 20,000
HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon 108,700 113,100
HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester 44,000 45,800
HRH The Duke of Gloucester 87,600 331,000
HRH The Duke of Kent 118,000
HRH Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Angus Ogilvy 112,700
4,833,900 5,017,000
Refunded by HM The Queen 318,300 331,000
4,515,600 4,686,000
* Reduction made to cash limit referred to in written answer given by Chief Secretary on 27 July 1983.

Notes on payments to the Royal Family

  1. 1. These figures for 1983 combine the sums payable directly from the Consolidated Fund with the supplements provided by the royal trustees. The figures for 1984 recommended by the royal trustees are a consolidation of the two amounts plus an increase (4 per cent.) which is consistent with Government cash limits.
  2. 2. Sums of £20,000 a year are payable from the Consolidated Fund in respect of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Andrew and The Prince Edward from the dates when they attained the age of 18. (19 February 1978 and 10 March 1982 respectively). Her Majesty made an order under section 4 of the Civil List Act 1952 limiting the amount to be paid to The Prince Edward in 1983 to £8,500, the balance to be accumulated by the royal trustees. The Royal Trustees made no recommendation in respect of the payments for Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
  3. 3. Her Majesty paid £318,300 into the Consolidated Fund in respect of payments made in 1983 to members of the Royal Family whose expenses are met under section 3 of the Civil List Act 1972: it is envisaged that a similar payment of £331,000 will be made for 1984.