HL Deb 12 July 2001 vol 626 cc86-7WA
Viscount Tenby

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the annual cost of maintaining the European Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including:

  1. (a) salaries, pensions, travelling allowances, secretarial expenses and other expenses for Members;
  2. (b) salaries, allowances and pensions and other costs of support staff; and
  3. (c) accommodation, including rent, operating costs and security; and
  4. (d) all other administrative costs such as stationery, office equipment, publications, payments to parliamentary bodies and other relevant outgoings;
and whether they will indicate the per capita cost per Member as well as the average number of sitting days for each institution for 2000–01 and the previous four years. [HL131]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The information for the years 1996–97,1997–98 and 1998–99 was given in my Answer of 22 July 1999 (WA 129–30). The information for 1999–2000 was given in my Answer of 5 July 2000 (WA 133). The information for 2000–01 is as follows:

Total Costs
House of Lords 45.7
House of Commons (5) 266.9
European Parliament (1) 597
of which costs to UK is 90.1
Per capita cost per member
House of Lords (2) 67
House of Commons (6) 405
European Parliament (3) 954
Number of sitting days
House of Lords 168
House of Commons (7) 159
European Parliament (4) 156