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Peers (Allowances)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent a Member of the House of Lords who is also the chairman or member of a Government or statutory board or committee is permitted to draw, in addition to the salary for these appointments and the travel allowances and tax-free expenses, the tax-free £16.50 a day allowance for attending the House of Lords.

I have been asked to reply.Claims to peers expenses allowances may be made only in respect of expenses necessarily incurred in attending the House of Lords.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in the Official Report a table of figures giving for the longest and most convenient period of time the number of Peers who have drawn the tax-free expense allowances, the actual or average amounts drawn by these Peers and the annual costs.

I have been asked to reply.As I have previously made clear, the administration of the peers expenses allowance is a matter for another place. Consequently I cannot provide the precise details requested, but I refer my hon. Friend to Tables 6A and 6B of the Top Salaries Review Body Report No. 9 (Cmnd. 6749). The amount provided in the House of Lords Estimates for the year 1976–77 to cover peers expenses allowance is £470,000.