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Departmental Allowances

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 444W, how much the second homes allowance for David Nicholson and Bill Kirkup were; where the second homes are; and for what reasons they are eligible for the allowance. (246707)

The information requested is as follows:

David Nicholson received £37,600 second home allowance.

Bill Kirkup received £25,800 second home allowance.

Both second homes are in London.

Departmental policy allows for individuals to claim Second Home Allowance if they are expected to work away from their permanent workplace for long periods and if the temporary workplace is not within daily travelling distance from their home.

The Department approves such claims where the case meets business needs and demonstrates cost effectiveness.

This allowance is not permanent and is subject to review.