Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties
A scheme for providing financial assistance
to the Opposition and second largest opposition party in the House
of Lords to assist them in carrying out their Parliamentary business
was introduced in October 1996. This was extended to cover the
Convenor of Crossbench Peers in October 1999. Under the scheme,
the parties and Convenor are responsible for ensuring that the
expenses claimed are incurred exclusively in relation to their
Parliamentary business. At the end of each financial year they
provide a certificate from an independent professional auditor
to confirm this.
The maximum amounts payable are uprated annually
in line with the retail prices index.
|Total Payments made £
|Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers||