and Expenses of Members of the House
90. Remuneration for Members of the House is
restricted to Ministers, to the Leader and Chief Whip of the main
opposition party, to the Chairman and Principal Deputy Chairman
of Committees and to Lords of Appeal in Ordinary; of these, only
the Chairman and Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees' salaries
and that part of the Lord Chancellor's salary attributable to
his duties as Speaker of the House are paid from the House of
Lords' Vote. For other Members of the House, expenses may be reimbursed
in accordance with the Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme.
The limits within which they may be reimbursed, applicable at
31 March 2000, are given in Appendix E. Total expenditure on Peers'
expenses in 1999-2000 was £9.39mn (compared with £9.49mn
in 1998-99 and £6.58mn in 1997-98).
91. Financial assistance to the two main Opposition
parties in carrying out their Parliamentary business in the House
has been provided from the Administration Vote since 1996. The
sums payable are uprated annually in line with the Retail Price
Index. In July 1999 a Resolution of the House doubled the sums
available with effect from the previous April: £216,842 became
available to the official Opposition; £65,052 to the Liberal
Democrat Opposition; and, for the first time, a sum of £20,000
per year was made available to the Convenor of the Cross Bench
Peers to provide secretarial assistance, with effect from 1 October
1999. The sums paid are subject to independent audit.