United Kingdom

House of Commons

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

Administration

Parliamentary and State budget

Legal document(s) specifying parliament’s power over its budget
Other

Notes: House of Commons: Acts of Parliament and various acts (including House of Commons Administration Act, and Parliamentary Standards Act) as well as the House of Commons: Members Estimate. For the House of Lords there are none.

Responsibility for preparing the proposal for the parliamentary budget
Parliament
Decision-making about the maximum amount of the parliamentary budget
Parliament decides the maximum amount of the budget
Decision-making about the allocation of the parliamentary budget
Parliament decides how to allocate the budget
National currency
British Pounds (GBP)
PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) conversion factor
0.68
(2022)
Parliament’s budget, per year
Parliament’s budget, per year in PPP
803,238,235
(2023)
Offices included in the parliamentary budget
Other institutions

Notes: Independent arms-length interparliamentary groups such as British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK are funded by grant-in-aid from the core Parliamentary budget

Budget for the chamber
375,624,000 GBP
(2023)
Chamber budget, per year in PPP
552,388,235
There is a separate budget for each chamber in a bicameral parliament
Yes
(2024)
State budget, per year
1,216,000,000,000 GBP
(2023)
Proportion of the State budget devoted to parliament, per year
0.000
(2023)

Parliamentary staff

The parliamentary administration is independent from the government
Yes
Parliament has control over the recruitment of parliamentary staff
Yes
There is one or more gender equality policy that applies to the parliamentary administration
Yes
Links to gender equality policies
Number of staff employed by the parliament (FTE)
3,688
(2023)
Number of staff employed by the chamber (FTE)
3,090
(2023)
Not applicable. The staff work for the entire parliament.
No

Secretary General

Authority that selects the Secretary General
The Speaker
Chamber/Parliament votes to approve the selection of the Secretary General
No
Length of term of the Secretary General
No fixed term
Previous occupation of the current Secretary General
Parliamentary staff

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No