Dear House of Commons,
I would like to know how much money it cost the taxpayer to recall Parliament on 10/4/13 to discuss the legacy of the late Margaret Thatcher. I would like to know which MPs claimed extra travel expenses to attend the debate, and how much each of them claimed. I would also like details on any additional costs incurred by the scheduling of an extra session of the House of Commons.
Dr Shona McIntosh
Dear Ms McIntosh
Thank you for your request for information dated 11 April 2013, received by us on the same date.
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Dear Ms McIntosh,
Freedom of Information Request F13-166
Thank you for your request for information as copied below.
You asked us to provide you with details of how much money it cost the
taxpayer to recall Parliament on 10/4/13 to discuss the legacy of the late
The cost to the House of Commons of recalling Parliament for a day is
marginal as most operating costs are fixed for the year as a whole and are
unaffected by the number and distribution of sitting days. Final costs
for 10 April 2013 will not be known until all relevant invoices have been
cleared, but from previous experience the additional costs are expected to
be around £20,000.
You have asked to know which MPs claimed extra travel expenses to attend
the debate, and how much each of them claimed.
The information you require is not held by the House of Commons.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible
for paying MPs’ salaries and processing expenses claims. Therefore you may
wish to consider contacting IPSA, details can be found at:
You have requested details on any additional costs incurred by the
scheduling of an extra session of the House of Commons.
This information has been included in the answer to your first question.
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