Late night sittings and spend on taxis (2012)

Request

How much money was spent on taxis and other transport for House of Commons staff to travel home in the evening after late sessions of the house this year and on how many occasions since January 2011 The House Of Commons has sat later than 8pm.

Response

It is not possible to disaggregate fully the House of Commons staff costs from other similar expenditure. The approximate cost of late night transport for out of hours working by House of Commons staff, mainly after 10.30pm, was £312,500 for the period January to November 2011.

The House sat later than 8pm on 75 occasions during 2011.