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The Civil List

The Civil List is taxpayer's money used to fund the Queen's duties as head of state. It pays for the costs of staff and running the Official Household.

For the year 2001-2002, civil list spending came to 8.153m, an increase from 6.509m in 2000. But Buckingham Palace says that in real terms the expenditure represents a 1.3% saving after inflation.

The increase was met by transferring monies from a reserve established in 2000. Almost three-quarters of the Civil Lists costs are staff salaries with the equivalent of 284 full-time employees on the books.

Buckingham Palace says the Civil List enabled the Queen to meet 2,300 official engagements, entertain 70,000 at functions and handle some 50,000 letters or other items of correspondence.

Spending has increased
Spending has decreased

Civil list spending summary
Net expenditure in 2000 6.509m
Expenditure transferred to list 1.589m
Adjustments for inflation 137,000
Reduction in other spending -82,000
Total 8.153m

Civil list spending: Some highlights 2001 2000
Salaries 6.057m 4.608m
Food and kitchens 330,000 294,000
Wine and beverages 45,000 107,000
Garden parties 442,000 430,000
Carriage processions 82,000 111,0000
Cars 38,000 42,000
Housekeeping 239,000 210,000
Uniforms etc 84,000 68,000

Staffing costs

The responsibility for the Queen's household lies with the Lord Chamberlain, The Lord Luce. His committee includes four other senior managers.

The Queen's Private Secretary is Sir Robert Janvrin and Sir Michael Peat is the Keeper of the Privy Purse.

Master of the Household is Vice Admiral Tom Blackburn and the Comptroller is Lt. Col Sir Malcolm Ross.

Their salaries, set by civil service guidelines, are paid from the Civil List.

The final high-ranking manager is Sir Hugh Roberts, director of The Royal Collection. His salary is not paid for by the Civil List and is therefore not included in these accounts.

The senior managers' salaries Age Salary
Lord Chamberlain 65 57,326
The Private Secretary 55 121,459
Keeper of Privy Purse 52 172,021
Master of the Household 56 69,373
Comptroller 58 69,345

Staff and who pays them 2001 2000
Lord Chamberlain's office 66.5 61.3
Private Secretary's office 33.6 29.8
Privy Purse/Treasurer 38.9 27.2
Master of the Household 205.2 172.9
Total Staff 345.9 292.0
Paid for by the Civil List 283.9 237.2

Food, drink and entertaining

Approximately 120 staff live within royal premises and have their meals paid for, provided their post is funded by the Civil List.

Wine and drink spending is for official purposes only, the Royal Accounts say. Surplus stock is sold to recover costs. Costs of entertaining at some events, such as diplomatic receptions, are recovered from elsewhere.

Garden parties cost almost 500,000 - 36,000 on administering invitations alone. One of the things that people most look forward to in the Queen is seeing a procession. But they don't come cheap.

The Queen keeps 37 carriage horses at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace which are used for events including the state opening of Parliament. The annual bill for saddles comes to 9,000.

If the Queen doesn't use a carriage, she has the use of a royal car. The royal household spent 44,000 on petrol last year.

Food and drink 2001 2000
Food 497,000 416,000
Kitchen ancillaries 14,000 15,000
Crockery etc 11,000 16,000
Wines and spirits 97,000 135,000
Other drinks 12,000 11,000
Total (after recharges) 375,000 401,000

Garden parties
Tent hire 145,000 150,000
Equipment hire 9,000 9,000
Catering 230,000 223,000
Invitation admin 36,000 34,000
Other 22,000 14,000
Total 442,000 430,000

Carriage processions
Maintenance 26,000 26,000
Forage 55,000 58,000
Farriery 17,000 16,000
Vets 19,000 19,000
Saddlery etc 9,000 8,000
Total (after recharges) 82,000 111,000

Other spending

Aside from entertaining, the Royal Household draws from the Civil List to pay for some of the more humdrum aspects of life.

Housekeeping remains one of the largest items, with 58,000 spent on a host of cleaning fluids, sprays and detergents in the last year. The Civil List paid for 61,000 of laundry costs and a further 17,000 of new linen.

Almost 50,000 was spent on repairs and purchases of equipment while another 84,000 went on computer equipment. Stationery costs have increased over the last year to just over 71,000.

The Royal Household spent 24,000 of taxpayers' money on flowers in 2001 and another 14,000 on buying official presents. The Queen's press cuttings service, which monitors the media, cost 15,000 to run.

Category 2001 2000
Contract cleaning 145,000 128,000
Cleaning materials 58,000 57,000
Laundry 61,000 56,000
Linen 17,000 15,000
Stationery 71,000 62,000
Printing/Binding 20,000 18,000
Photocopiers 39,000 39,000
Furnishings 70,000 39,000
Equipment repairs 46,000 18,000
Computers 84,000 149,000
Flowers 24,000 25,000
Official presents 14,000 14,000
Press cuttings service 15,000 17,000
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