Serjeant at Arms expenses (2017)
Expense claims and costs incurred by the Serjeant at Arms for 2016, including receipts that have been submitted.
You asked for details of expenses claims and costs incurred by the Serjeant at Arms for 2016, including any receipts that have been submitted. We have interpreted this to be for all expenses incurred by or for the Serjeant at Arms, Kamal El-Hajji (since February 2016) and his predecessor Robert Twigger (who was interim acting Serjeant at Arms from 21 September 2015 to 1 February 2016).
As with other senior officials who have a ceremonial and procedural role, the Serjeant at Arms is required to dress in quality durable clothing that is appropriate for duties in the Chamber. The office of Serjeant at Arms dates back to 1415 and the post holder performs ceremonial duties that date back to the early days of the office, for example participating in the Speaker’s daily procession and being actively involved in major state ceremonies. We continue to drive down costs where possible, to ensure value for money for the taxpayer, and we repair and re-cycle uniform whenever possible.
Find out more about the Office of the Serjeant at Arms on our parliamentary pages.