Explanatory notes 2005/06
These notes apply to the Members' Reimbursement Scheme which was in force during the 2005/06 financial year. A new scheme of financial support for Members came in to effect from 1 October 2010. The new scheme makes significant changes to the financial support for Members.
Eligibility to claim
- Members of the House of Lords (except those in receipt of a salary as a Minister, Office Holder or Lord of Appeal in Ordinary), are entitled to recover travel, subsistence and office costs incurred in connection with their parliamentary duties.
- Ministers and Office Holders are able to recover Secretarial Expenses incurred in respect of their Parliamentary duties. In addition, the Chairman of Committees, the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees, Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Chief Whip may be reimbursed personal travelling expenses from home to the House of Lords.? The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Committees are also eligible for an allowance paid by the House with salary for the costs of maintaining a second home in London for the purpose of attending the House.
Expenses payable to Members within category A above are linked to attendance at:
- sittings of the House (excluding the State Opening of Parliament and judicial business and certain formal sittings)
- meetings of committees and sub-committees of the House (except judicial business)
- meetings as a member of the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
- meetings as a member of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL).
Costs incurred in respect of an attendance at any other meeting, whether held at Westminster or not, cannot be recovered.
All figures shown relate to expenses incurred during the period April to March each year, the financial year on which the House?s annual accounts are based.
Ministers' and Officeholders Secretarial Expenses and other Members' Office Costs incurred on days when the House is not sitting are subject to an annual maximum based on the year from August to July. Patterns of expenditure over the financial year may not align with those based on an August to July year. This can result in total claims over the financial year exceeding the annual maximum, for example if a Member makes a single claim for the maximum amount in April and March.
Column 1: Main Residence
This column shows the location of the Member's main residence, by county or equivalent region. Entries in this column are voluntary.
Column 2: Number of Days Attended
The number of days attended reflects the official record of those days when a Member attended a sitting of the House at which public business took place, or at a select committee of the House meeting at Westminster. Judicial business is not classified as public business. Days on which a Member has worked on parliamentary business without attending a public sitting of the House or a committee at Westminster are not included in the total. Nor are days on which a Member has travelled on parliamentary business or as a Member of a parliamentary delegation or a select committee.
Claims for attendance-related expenses have only been met in respect of officially recorded attendances.
Column 3: Overnight Subsistence
Members who do not live within reasonable daily travelling distance of Westminster, and incur the expense of overnight accommodation in London while away from their only or main residence for the purpose of attending sittings of the House, may claim for such expenses. A Member whose main residence is outside Greater London and who maintains a residence in London for the purpose of attending sittings of the House may claim this allowance towards the cost of maintaining such a residence.
Maximum amounts payable for each day of attendance:
- April 2005 - July 2005 £150.00
- August 2005 - March 2006 £154.50
A new maintenance allowance for a second home was introduced on 10 November 2004. Members are able to claim expenses under this heading whilst away from London, on select committee, parliamentary delegation or certain other official visits, if they maintain a second residence in London for the purpose of attending sittings of the House. Expenses claimed under this heading are included in the Overnight Subsistence column.
Maximum amounts payable for each day away from London:
- April 2005 - July 2005 £100.00
- August 2005 - March 2006 £103.00
Column 4: Day Subsistence
This allowance is intended to cover such items as the cost of meals and incidental travel not separately recoverable.
Maximum amount payable for each day of attendance:
- April 2005 - July 2005 £75.00
- August 2005 - March 2006 £77.00
Column 5: Office Costs
Members may recover certain office costs including the cost of secretarial help, research assistance and where appropriate the cost of providing necessary equipment, together with the cost of certain additional expenses (e.g. domestic costs, purchase of books, periodicals, and professional subscription charges that arise out of parliamentary duties).
Maximum amount payable for each day of attendance:
- April 2005 - July 2005 £65.00
- August 2005 - March 2006 £67.00
Office costs incurred on days when the House is not sitting or a Member does not attend may be claimed up to an additional 40 days per year.
Members are able to claim expenses under this heading for ongoing costs whilst away from the House on select committee, parliamentary delegation or certain other official visits. Expenses claimed are included in the Office Costs column.
Column 6: Travelling Expenses
Members may recover the costs of fares incurred in travelling between their principal residence and Westminster for the purposes of attending a sitting of the House, or (subject to the limits set out below) the costs of travel by private car, motorcycle or bicycle.
Motor Mileage Allowance
- 40p per mile (up to 10,000 miles) or 25p per mile (above 10,000 miles)
- 24p per mile
- 20p per mile
In addition to the normal travel arrangements, the cost of journeys made on parliamentary business elsewhere within the United Kingdom may also be recovered.
Members are able to recover the costs of two return journeys per year, travelling on parliamentary duties, between the United Kingdom and any European Union institution in Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg or the national parliament of a European Union state or a candidate country.
Column 7: Free Postage Costs
Prepaid envelopes and postcards are available for use by Members for correspondence on House of Lords business. The costs shown include the postage and envelope costs.
Column 8: Ministers' Secretarial Expenses
Ministers and other paid Office Holders are able to recover expenses for secretarial assistance certified as incurred by them in the performance of their Parliamentary duties.
Maximum amount payable:
- April 2005 - July 2005 £4,884pa
- August 2005 - March 2006 £5,025.50
Column 9: IT Equipment
Members are entitled to the loan of up to two PCs (one desktop, one laptop) and a printer for use on Parliamentary business. IT equipment is replaced every three years. The costs of a broadband installation and line rental are also paid by the House.
House of Commons Members' Allowances and further related information is available on the main Members' Allowances for both Houses page.