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.
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:
Civica invoice (inclusive of VAT)
Mar, C. – Whole House
Selborne, E., Denham, L., Selsdon, L. (combined) – Conservative
Elton, L. — Whole House
Rea, L. – Labour
£0 (no ballot)
Simon, V. – Whole House
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.