An answer to a written question appearing in today’s Lords Hansard gives the figures (for 2011-12) for the cost per member of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament.
Expenditure (£m) per member was:
House of Commons 0.59
House of Lords 0.13
European Parliament 1.79
How have MEPs expenditure been calculated given, for example, their salaries are paid directly by the EU?
The answer cites their own budget – the figure seems to be the cost per member of the whole Parliament rather than our MEPs in particular as I assumed below. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/00059f3ea3/The-budget-of-the-European-Parliament.html
Thanks, Tim! I suppose what I should have asked is how the shared costs of our Parliament are apportioned to the two Houses.
No surprises there. An organisation of vested interests whose accounts haven’t been signed off for well over a decade, paying its loyal followers handsomely. And now, with massive and avoidable euro-induced unemployment in Greece and Spain, is building its own museum of propaganda, at huge cost, to celebrates its ‘success’.
Roll on referendum.
I really like that line on an organisation of vested interests whose accounts haven’t been signed off for well over a decade. Are you aware of how ours are doing?
Now lets look at our clever system of unelected head of state and the entire scope of benefits they get collectively and individually. Then add that to the costs. What an additional farce that is in a so called democracy. At very least those in Europe have to face an election every five years. And here we are with a wonderful second chamber run on a gravy train by appointment only. And you claim they cost us less. Well, now, isn’t that grand. We didn’t elect them, they were chosen as a back up for their friends in the green room, yet, we pay. I would call that taxation ‘without’ representation. Now if we address that same appointment system in reality it could be open to the condoning of cheats, expense fraudsters, criminals of all kinds, conspiratorial cronies and anything else a possible dictator may wish to select on his behalf. Yet your worry is, it costs more in Europe. A Europe that covers 27 separate and diverse countries of 500 million people that if we were governed by the smart, we would be leading the way we want it to be, rather than whinging like idiots on the side line.
Surely the additional expenditure for the European Parliament can partly be explained by the fact that Brussels and Strasbourg are rather further away from most of the country than Westminster?
Perhaps Parliament could get a deal for an office share while the Palace is renovated.
PS Don’t forget Luxembourg.
As we have branched toward the truth in Europe here is a discussion on just that well hidden secret.
Partly – and an expense that is hardly justified.
The Guardian does a spot of fact checking on political reform:
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