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Civil List

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the amounts to be paid to Civil List annuitants for the year 1983–84.

[pursuant to his reply, 25 January, c. 393–4]: I shall publish these details when the Supply Estimates are presented to Parliament in March.

asked the Chancellor of Exchequer (1) why supplementary expenditure of £16,250 in 1981 and £5,000 in 1982 was granted to Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester;

  • (2) what are the reasons for the granting to the Princess Margaret supplementary expenditure of £51,250 in 1981 and £15,750 in 1982;
  • (3) if he will state the reasons for the granting to the Princess Anne supplementary expenditure of £52,500 in 1981 and £16,250 in 1982;
  • (4) why Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was granted supplementary expenditure of £77,500 for 1981 and £23,750 for 1982;
  • (5) if he will explain the supplementary payments of £153,700 in 1981, and £47,750 in 1982 being supplementary payments made to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
  • [pursuant to his reply, 25 January, c. 393–4]: The supplementary payments referred to were granted in accordance with the Civil List Act 1975, and are amounts listed in the Appropriation Accounts volume 9, class XIII vote 4 for 1981–82. The supplements, together with the fixed annual payments made from the Consolidated Fund in accordance with the Civil List Acts 1952 and 1972, were to meet the official expenses of members of the royal family.

    The figures quoted for 1981 and 1982 are the sums disbursed to the individual annuitants from the grant in aid to the royal trustees for 1981–82. Details of the total sums received by the members of the royal family by way of payment from the Consolidated Fund and supplementation for the calendar years 1981 and 1982 were set out in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Carlton (Mr. Holland) on 9 March 1982.—[Vol. 19, c. 380] They were in line with other public service cash limits.

    asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the reasons for the grant of £2,600,000, as shown in the Appropriation Accounts volume 9, class XIII, vote 4 for 1981–82, for supplementing payment from the Consolidated Fund for the Civil List, annuities and other payments to members of the Royal Family.

    [pursuant to his reply, 25 January, c. 393]: The grant was given in accordance with the Civil List Act 1975. The grant, as disbursed by the royal trustees, together with the fixed annual payments from the Consolidated Fund, was to meet the official expenses of members of the royal family. The total amounts were in line with increases in other public service cash limits, and details were fully set out in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Halesowen and Stourbridge (Mr. Stokes) on 10 March 1981.—[Vol. 1000, c. 304–5].