Overtime paid to connected parties employed by MPs in the 2010-2015 Parliament


  1. During the duration of the last Parliament, 2010-2015, please provide the total number of hours paid by way of overtime to connect parties i.e. partners, spouses, family members etc.

  2. Please provide a breakdown of the total hours answered in question 1 by reference to the Member of Parliament and their connected party.

  3. Please advise the total gross value, before PAYE, of the overall overtime paid at question 1.


Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), a connected party is defined as:

  1. a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member;

  2. parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the member or of a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of the member; or

  3. a body corporate, a firm or a trust with which the MP is connected as defined in section 252 of the Companies Act 2006.

Staffing Expenditure may only be paid for the salary of one employee who is a connected party, unless an MP employed more than one connected party on 7 May 2010.

At the end of each financial year, we publish information on each MPs’ expenditure over the course of the year. This includes information relating to any connected parties employed during the year, including their name, job title, salary band and whether they were employed full or part time. This information can be found on our website via this link.


Where a staff member employed by an MP works hours additional to their contracted hours, overtime payments may be paid from the Staffing Expenditure budget.

Overtime is typically paid to part-time members of staff at their standard hourly rate, until their full-time equivalent hours are reached. For full-time staff, the overtime rate is typically paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate. In the figures, below, we have separated additional hours worked by part-time staff members from overtime hours worked by full-time staff (and part-time staff exceeding their full-time equivalent hours).

Overtime may also be paid to existing staff members who are providing cover for staff members who are absent due to long term sick leave or parental leave, for example. In these instances, overtime may be paid through the contingency fund where the MP has notified IPSA of the need to cover staff absence.

Information requested

Please find below the total number of hours paid in overtime to connected parties during the 2010-2015 Parliament. The total number of hours paid is 3766.74 and the total value of all the overtime payments paid to connected parties was £77,381.14.

Alongside the total number of hours paid, we have broken down this figure by those hours paid as regular overtime from Staffing Expenditure and those paid from as contingency payments to cover staff absence.

MP NameNumber of hours paid to connected partiesGrand Total
Staffing ExpenditureContingency[1]
Additional Hours[2]OvertimeAdditional HoursOvertime
Andrew Smith16.516.5
Angus Robertson407407
Annette Brooke16.516.5
Barry Gardiner403373
Cathy Jamieson18.750.5313.526.5359.25
Christopher Chope283283
Craig Whittaker7070
Daniel Poulter30.51.532
David Burrowes8787
David Davies44.544.5
Diana Johnson77
Gareth Johnson166.5166.5
Ian Lavery6666
Jim Sheridan50.5578.5629
John Hayes6363
John Healey88
John Robertson1212
Julian Brazier2929
Laurence Robertson1010
Oliver Heald12425149
Patrick McLoughlin46153199
Peter Luff6969
Ronnie Campbell2538.563.5
Simon Danczuk621621
Tom Harris2525
Valerie Vaz172.588.5261

[1] MPs may apply for contingency funding to help cover unanticipated events, such as staff illness or maternity leave. In such instances, existing staff members may work overtime to provide staffing cover.

[2] ‘Additional Hours’ are overtime hours works by part-time members of staff in excess of their normal working hours and up to the normal working hours of full-time staff.

16 May 2016
Exemptions Applied: