Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme
Rates and Conditions applicable as at 31 March
1 Subject to the conditions stated below, Members
of the House of Lords may recover the cost of travelling incurred
by them for the purpose of their parliamentary duties in attending
sittings of the House, or of Committees of the House.
2 Claims can be made only for journeys between
main place of residence and London.
3 Lords may recover the cost of fares incurred
by them for travel within the United Kingdom by any public rail,
sea, air or bus service.
4 Travel by Rail-Claims may include the cost
of sleeping berths or seat reservations.
5 Travel by Air-Claims may include travel by
coach between airport and air-terminal.
6 Travel by Road-Claims in respect of journeys
by private car are restricted to an allowance of 50.1p per mile.
This allowance will be reduced to 23.1p per mile if the total
mileage claimed in a full year exceeds 20,000 miles. Claims in
respect of journeys undertaken by bicycle shall be paid at the
rate of 6.4p per mile.
7 Claims for incidental travel cost (eg taxi
fares) are covered by the day subsistence allowance (see para
8 The cost of journeys made in the United Kingdom
on parliamentary business may be reimbursed.
9 When Parliament is recalled during a recess,
Lords who are away from their main place of residence may recover,
subject to certain conditions, the extra costs incurred in travelling
to and from Westminster to attend the House.
10 Members of the House may also recover certain
expenses certified by them as incurred for the purpose of parliamentary
duties at sittings of the House or of Committees of the House
within the following maxima for each day of attendance:
(a) Night Subsistence-Members of the House
who incur the expenses of overnight accommodation in London away
from their only or main residence may claim for such expenses
within a daily limit of £80.50.
(b) Day Subsistence and incidental travel-Members
of the House may claim day subsistence and travel costs not separately
recoverable within a daily limit of £35.50.
(c) Secretarial costs, postage and certain additional
expenses-The cost of secretarial help and, where appropriate,
the cost of providing necessary equipment may be claimed, together
with the cost of postage and certain additional expenses (eg domestic
costs, purchase of books and periodicals and professional subscription
charges that arise out of parliamentary duties) within a limit
of £34.50 for each day of attendance.
Claims against groups (a) and (b) are to be restricted,
within their daily maxima, to the amounts actually incurred on
an individual day of attendance at the House of Lords.
Claims against group (c) may be made to recover actual
expenditure over a period, whether incurred at or away from Westminster,
but subject to a limit provided by the product of a daily maximum
of £34.50 and the number of attendances at Westminster during
the period covered by the claim. Lords who incur the cost of secretarial
assistance in excess of the limit provided under (c) may recover
such extra costs within a limit of £1,035 a year in respect
of non sitting periods.
11 Lords who are disabled may also recover the
additional expenses of attending the House incurred by them on
account of their disablement.
12 Lords may recover the cost incurred by their
wife or husband for travel between home and Westminster to attend
Parliamentary occasions, subject to a limit of two return journeys
per calendar year.