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Hereditary Peers: By-elections

Question for The Senior Deputy Speaker

UIN HL4082, tabled on 16 November 2021

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the cost of delivering each of the seven hereditary peer by-elections this year in respect of (1) outside contractors, and (2) the time of House staff.

Answered on

22 November 2021

There have been five hereditary peer by-elections this year, with three Conservative vacancies filled by means of a single by-election. The cost in respect of outside contractors was as follows:

Date

Civica invoice (inclusive of VAT)

Mar, C. – Whole House

June 2021

£1,440

Selborne, E., Denham, L., Selsdon, L. (combined) – Conservative

June 2021

£600

Elton, L. — Whole House

July 2021

£1,440

Rea, L. – Labour

July 2021

£0 (no ballot)

Simon, V. – Whole House

November 2021

£1,440

TOTAL

£4,920

These costs were in addition to the cost of House of Lords staff time spent organising the by-elections. Such time forms part of their normal duties and therefore cannot be costed separately.