7. Select Committee Visits
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.
7.2.1 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.
9.1 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.
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.
11.1 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
- 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
Death, loss of one or more limbs or eyes
and permanent total disablement:
|under age 70
|age 70 to under age 80
|over age 80
Temporary total disablement: £50 per week for up to 104
Accident medical expenses:subject to a maximum of £5,000
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;
Temporary total disablement
(under age 75);
|£200 per week for up to 104 weeks
Accident medical expenses subject to a maximum of £10,000
11.4 The following terms and exemptions apply:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.