§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list the costs for 1983–84, and the estimated costs for 1984–85 and 1985–86, of Members of Parliament's salaries and allowances.
§ Mr. Biffen
The actual costs for 1983–84 and the estimated costs for 1984–85 and 1985–86 of salaries and allowances of Members of Parliament are as follows:
£ 1983–84 25,292,727.36 1984–85 27,906,000.00 1985–86 29,012,000.00
1. The above costs include Parliamentary salaries, employers national insurance contributions, resettlement grants, Members' rail, air and car travel expenses, secretarial and additional costs allowances.
2. Secretarial travel and redundancy expenses, drafting assistance for private Members' Bills, VDU expenses, financial assistance to Opposition parties and Exchequer payments to the Parliamentary contributory pension fund and the Members' fund are not included.
3. All the above payments are made from the Parliament and Privy Council: House of Commons Vote, class VIII, Vote. 2.