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TV subscription (2017)

Request

  1. It is reported in the Daily Mail of 08/02/2017 that M.P. Mr John Bercow has a monthly subscription to Sky TV for his Grace and Favour Appartment paid for by the Taxpayer. This is reportedly £100 per month and, if this were claimed by each M.P. in the House, would amount to £65k per year.
    I notice there is no mention of this in his declared Expenses. I would appreciate clarification as to the validity of this claim by the Daily Mail
  2. Whether or not any other M.P. is making such a claim from the Public Purse.


Response

  1. It is reported in the Daily Mail of 08/02/2017 that MP Mr John Bercow has a monthly subscription to Sky TV for his grace and favour apartment paid for by the taxpayer. This is reportedly £100 per month and, if this were claimed by each MP in the House, would amount to £65k per year. I notice there is no mention of this in his declared expenses. I would appreciate clarification as to the validity of this claim by the Daily Mail.
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The Speaker’s Apartment has a monthly subscription to Sky TV. The cost of the subscription varies slightly each month, and from our records, this is in the range of £100.00 to £110.00 per month.
    Please note that information relating to the Sky TV subscription for the Speaker’s apartment is already available on our parliamentary webpages.
    This details the Speaker’s Office expenditure for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to 14 January 2016. Information from 14 January 2016 is intended to be published on our disclosures pages in the near future.
    You have mentioned in your request that there is no information of the claim mentioned in Speaker Bercow’s declared expenses. We have taken this to be a reference to the Members’ Register of Financial Interests. It might assist you to know the purpose of the register which is to provide information about any financial interest which a Member has, or any benefit which he or she receives, which others might reasonably consider to influence his or her actions or words as a Member of Parliament. A subscription to the Sky TV service would not fall under this remit.
  2. Whether or not any other MP is making such a claim from the public purse.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for paying MPs’ salaries and processing expenses claims. Therefore you may wish to consider contacting IPSA directly.