The Lord Speaker’s policy is to publish transparency data covering many aspects of his role.
The Lord Speaker is an ambassador for the House of Lords, and has a responsibility to explain and promote the work of the House, and to represent it at high-profile state events.
To meet these responsibilities, any necessary transport arrangements are made and paid for by the Lord Speaker’s Office.
The gifts register records all gifts received by the Lord Speaker in his role. As a representative of the House of Lords, the Lord Speaker meets a number of international visitors, including speakers and other members of overseas Parliaments, prime ministers and heads of state.
During these meetings, modest gifts are sometimes exchanged. Most gifts are donated to the House. For any gifts which the Lord Speaker wishes to keep and which have an estimated value greater than £140, a formal valuation is obtained and the Lord Speaker must pay the difference greater than £140.
The Lord Speaker's Office holds a budget for official entertainment purposes, which is primarily used to host overseas politicians, and hold small informal events on behalf of members and officials of the House of Lords. Details of expenditure on this budget are published quarterly.