13. Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties in the House
of Lords "Cranborne Money"
13.1 A scheme for providing financial assistance to opposition
parties in the House of Lords to assist them in carrying out their
parliamentary business was introduced in October 1996. A similar
scheme known as "Short money" has been in operation in the House
of Commons since 1975.
13.2 Initially, this was available to the official Opposition
and the second largest opposition party in the House of Lords,
but was extended in October 1999 to include assistance for the
Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers in carrying out parliamentary
business on behalf of the Cross-Bench Peers.
13.3 The amounts payable are uprated annually in line with
the retail prices index. The sums paid to the parties and the
Convenor are subject to independent audit.
13.4 Each party is responsible for the allocation of its
individual entitlement and any matters concerning financial assistance
should be referred to the Leader of the Party concerned or to