Monday 15 March 2004 at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House


The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Oliver Heald
Sir Archy Kirkwood


The Commission approved

  • for Members' staff, an increase from 9 return journeys per calendar year to 12 journeys per financial year between London and the constituency
  • for Members' spouses and children, maintenance of the 15 journeys a year between London and the constituency, but a change in the allocation period from the calendar year to the financial year
  • annual uprating of Members' expenses and allowances with reference to the retail price index to be based on the twelve months ending the previous December, rather than March.