Some rather misleading figures have been bandied about in terms of the costs of the House of Lords, both in terms of the overall costs of the House and what allowances individual members may claim. I may do a separate post commenting on costs, but in the interim I thought I would post a statement made on 28 January by the Chairman of Committees, Lord Brabazon, and which, as far as I am aware, did not get much, if any, coverage:
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): Following a mistake in a Written Answer by HM Treasury on 26 November (WA 336), a number of reports have incorrectly stated that the overall cost of the House of Lords in the 2007-08 financial year was £305.4 million or £423,000 per capita. In fact, the current running costs in the 2007-08 financial year were £121.5 million or £168,000 per capita. The total cost of the House, if capital expenditure is included, was £152.5 million or £211,000 per capita.
The corrected Written Answer in the online version of Hansard gives a slightly higher total figure of £153.5 million, because it includes the cost of funding the British-American Parliamentary Group, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body.
The total annual cost of the Lords is roughly a third of the cost of the Commons. In the 2006-07 financial year, the cost per member was £108,000 in the Lords and £682,000 in the Commons.