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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:


Civica invoice (inclusive of VAT)

Mar, C. – Whole House

June 2021


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

June 2021


Elton, L. — Whole House

July 2021


Rea, L. – Labour

July 2021

£0 (no ballot)

Simon, V. – Whole House

November 2021




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.