A. Members of the House of Lords, except those
in receipt of a salary as a Minister, Office Holder or Lord of
Appeal in Ordinary, are entitled to recover travel, subsistence
and office costs incurred in connection with their parliamentary
B. Ministers and Office Holders are able to recover
Secretarial Expenses incurred in respect of their Parliamentary
duties. In addition, the Chairman of Committees, the Principal
Deputy Chairman of Committees, Leader of the Opposition and Opposition
Chief Whip are paid personal travelling expenses from home to
the House of Lords.
C. Lords of Appeal in ordinary are eligible for
reimbursement of travelling expenses alone.
Expenses payable to Members within category
A above are linked to attendance at:
sittings of the House (excluding
attendance at the State Opening of Parliament and sittings for
meetings of committees and sub-committees
of the House (except judicial business);
meetings as a member of the Board
of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST);
meetings as a member of the Parliamentary
Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL).
Costs incurred in respect of an attendance at
any other meeting, whether held at Westminster or not, cannot
be recovered unless the Member attends a meeting as defined above
on the same day.
Facilities for free travel to enable Lords to
attend the House for the purpose of their parliamentary duties
were introduced in 1946. Lords were first able to claim limited
reimbursement of other expenses in 1957. The current structure
was broadly put in place following the recommendations of the
then Top Salaries Review Body in 1979. Since 1994, allowances
have been annually uprated by reference to the Retail Prices Index.
The last report by the SSRB was in 2001 (Report No 48); its recommendations
were accepted with effect from 20 June 2001. Subsistence and office
costs allowances are up-rated with effect from 1 August each year,
the travel allowances with effect from 1 April.