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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Euro MPs cost 1m each a year
House of Lords
Peers cost a lot less than MEPs
Each European MP costs taxpayers nearly 1m a year - that compares with 385,000 for a Westminster MP and 84,000 for a peer.

The figures - published in the House of Lords annual report - show that the upper house costs 32.1m a year.

The biggest single proportion of that money goes on peers who have 31% of the money spent on them.

Unlike MPs and MEPs members of the Lords do not get a salary but they can be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and secretarial costs incurred in the course of parliamentary duties.

Opposition cash

The allowances given to peers includes 122 for overnight accommodation, 61 for daily subsistence including food and 51 for secretarial assistance.

Additional financial help is provided to the two opposition parties and also to the cross-benchers.

The Conservatives get 390,555 a year, the Liberal Democrats get 190,000 and 35,000 a year to the convenor of the cross-benchers.

The second biggest cost for the House of Lords is that of the staff whose salaries account for just over 8m.

General administration, printing, publications, computers and so cost 20% of the 32.1m.

Costs

Security takes up 18% of the budget.

The refreshment department and retirement allowances each cost 3% of the total.

Maintaining the actual building is calculated separately from the administration costs.

In 2002-02 cash expenditure on the building 24.3m.

That money went on a range of maintenance such as restoring stonework and complying with fire, health and safety regulations.

A spokeswoman for the European Parliament said the figure of 385,000 was arrived at by dividing the entire budget by the number of MEPs.

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