All figures are as published by www.parliament.co.uk
This is from Written Answers Wednesday 10 November 2010
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.
As of May 2009, the number of officials and temporary staff working for Parliament (including its political groups) was 6,166.
(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.
(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.
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.
Now is that some form of Gravy Train? HUGE sums of money being described above.
There are three totals. One is published in Euros.