The Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme - A General Guide 2003 September 2003 Edition


7. Select Committee Visits


7.1 Travel


7.1.1 For select committee meetings held away from Westminster, in the UK or overseas, travel is arranged by the clerk of the committee. Costs are normally met directly by the Committee Office. Costs of travel from home to the starting point for a visit, and of any necessary overnight stay at the start of the visit, should be reclaimed through the committee clerk.

7.2 Subsistence


7.2.1 For select committee meetings held away from Westminster, in the UK or overseas, subsistence costs are met directly by the Committee Office or paid at standard Government subsistence rates appropriate to the location. In these circumstances, members are not entitled to claim their subsistence costs under the arrangements in place for attendance at Westminster set out in Section 4 above.


8 TRAVEL AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HOUSE
 


8.1 The Overseas Office has responsibility for travel by Members overseas as representatives of the House. Details may be obtained from the Clerk of the Overseas Office who can be contacted on 020 7219 3130.

9 PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONS


9.1 The payment of travel, subsistence and secretarial costs incurred in the United Kingdom or overseas by members of the official parliamentary delegations to the Council of Europe, the Western European Union, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, is administered in accordance with the rules agreed by the House of Commons Commission and the House Committee. Full details of these arrangements are set out in the Administrative Guide for Members of the United Kingdom Delegations, a copy of which is provided, on the appointment of a delegate, by the Overseas Office in the House of Commons.  

9.2 Secretarial expenses are recoverable on the same basis as for attendance at the House, see section 4.6.

9.3 Whilst travelling on or participating as a member of a parliamentary delegation, members are not entitled to claim their subsistence costs under the arrangements in place for attendance at Westminster set out in sections 4.4 and 4.5 above.

9.4 Claim forms are available from the Overseas Office in the House of Commons.

10 TRAVELLING EXPENSES FOR BODIES NOT SUPPORTED

10.1 The House of Lords does not have any responsibility for visits organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) or the British-Irish Inter Parliamentary Body (BIIPB). Claims for expenses should be addressed to the appropriate organisation.

 

11 MEMBER' ACCIDENT INSURANCE
 

11.1 The House maintains an insurance policy to cover members for accidents within the Parliamentary Estate and whilst travelling on official Parliamentary Business. For insurance purposes, official parliamentary business is defined as trips, visits or attendance at events where the House has paid Members' travelling expenses. Currently, this includes:

  • Attending the House - including travel between home and Westminster (section 4)
  • Travel under the UK Parliamentary Business travel scheme (section 5)
  • Travel to EU Institutions (section 6)
  • Select Committee visits (section 7)
  • Travel as a representative of the House (section 8)  

11.2 Personal Accident Insurance - the following benefits are provided for Members whilst on, or travelling between buildings within, the Parliamentary Estate:

Death, loss of one or more limbs or eyes

and permanent total disablement:
under age 70 £175,000
age 70 to under age 80 £85,500
over age 80 £30,000

Temporary total disablement: £50 per week for up to 104 weeks

  Accident medical expenses:subject to a maximum of £5,000 per person

11.3 Group Travel Insurance - providing the following benefits for Members whilst travelling within the UK or overseas on official parliamentary business, or when travelling between home and Westminster.  

 

Death, loss of one or more limbs or eyes

and permanent total disablement;

£175,000

Temporary total disablement

(under age 75);

£200 per week for up to 104 weeks

 

Accident medical expenses subject to a maximum of £10,000 per person

11.4 The following terms and exemptions apply:

  1. Cover is not automatic in respect of travel to certain countries, and the Accountant's Office must give prior notification to the insurer for journeys to Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Israel, Kuwait, North Korea, North and South Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Chechnya.
     
  2. In respect of bodily injury, loss or accident medical expense arising from war, the cover only applies whilst a Member is travelling outside the UK. The limit applicable to such risks is £525,000 for any one claim or series of claims arising out of a single event or cause. In the event that the sum of all claims exceeds this amount, then each claim will be proportionately reduced until the total value does not exceed £525,000.  
  3. Whilst travelling, an aircraft accumulation limit of £2 million applies. Based on the maximum sum insured of £175,000, this will allow a group of 11 Members to travel together. 
     
  4. For travel in single engine aircraft (and helicopters), the accumulation limit is reduced to £525,000 or full cover for three Members.

11.5 Claim forms are available from the Accountant's Office.

 


 
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