Thursday, 11 November 2010

Cost Of Parliament

A question was asked in House Of Lords about How Much Parliament Costs. I was interested. 
 All figures are as published by
This is from Written Answers Wednesday 10 November 2010

Parliaments: Cost


Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch
    To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 October (WA 9-10), whether they will provide the requested figures relating to the European Parliament in one table alongside the figures for the Houses of Parliament.[HL3152]

10 Nov 2010 : Column WA92
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): Since the European Parliament publishes its costs using different headings to the Houses of Parliament it is not possible to use exactly the same table.
Budget Allocation
MEPs' Expenses-€220 million
MEPs' Assistants-€161 million
Staff (Permanent and Temporary)- €521 million
Buildings, Furniture, Equipment and similar expenses-€317 million
Other Staff and Outside Services-€108 million.
As of May 2009, the number of officials and temporary staff working for Parliament (including its political groups) was 6,166.
Total European Parliament Budget for 2010- €1.61 billion
House of Commons Note 2009-10
Members' salaries, pensions, allowances and travel-£154,989,000
Salaries and pensions for House staff-£80,488,000
Accommodation, including rent, operating costs and security-£86,607,000
Other administration costs-£11,832,000
(a) Member salaries, pensions, expenses (including staffing expenditure, administrative and office expenditure, personal additional accommodation expenditure, communications expenditure), travel, contribution to Members' staff pensions, temporary secretarial assistance, staff redundancy and winding-up allowance only. These figures are currently provisional pending the completion of the Members Resource Accounts. The payment of Members' salaries and expenses transferred to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority following the 2010 General Election.
(b) Cost of House staff salaries taken from the Administration Resource Accounts.
(c) Accommodation costs taken from Administration Resource Accounts include buildings rental, accommodation services, security, depreciation on land and buildings, and cost of capital charge.
(d) This figure is the net resource outturn less (b) and (c). The figure for 2009-10 includes a one-off technical accounting adjustment worth £40.5 million following the revaluation of the parliamentary estate.
(e) There were 646 Members of Parliament during 2009-10.
House of Lords 2009-10
Salaries, pensions, for Members-£17,237,000
Salaries and pensions for admin staff-£21,883,000
Accommodation costs, including rent, operating costs and security-£26,384,000
Other costs-£46,151,000
1. Members of the House of Lords do not receive a salary but are entitled to reclaim reimbursement of expenses. This figure includes Members' expenses.
2. Includes income and non-cash expenditure.


Virtual Gherkin: 
Now is that some form of Gravy Train? HUGE sums of money being described above.
There are three totals. One is published in Euros. 

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