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British Queen Lied about Costs: Report

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TEHRAN, July 15 (ICANA) – Britain's House of Commons has published new figures showing that the amount of taxpayers' cash paid to the Queen is £4 million higher than thought.
Friday, July 15, 2011 1:06:36 PM
British Queen Lied about Costs: Report

Last week, Buckingham Palace said the cost to the public purse of the monarchy was £32.1?million in 2010/11. But, the Commons library has conducted a new research into the cost, which shows the true cost of public money required to meet the Queen's public duties was in fact £36.2?million, British media reported.

The difference has emerged because the palace calculated its figures under the rules of the new Sovereign Grant, which the Queen will receive from next year, but it ignored several direct grants from parliament, according to the reports.

Amounts excluded by the Palace included the £359,000 a year paid by the government to Prince Philip, and other direct grants of £3.8?million for State visits, ceremonial occasions, honours, equerries, and the maintenance of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and Home Park at Windsor.

"It does highlight the fact that the Palace was trying to pull the wool over people's eyes last week”, said Graham Smith, spokesman for anti-monarchy campaigners Republic.

"The Commons figure is more accurate in the sense it includes certain expenditure but neither of them include things like security or lost revenue from the Duchy of Lancaster and Duchy of Cornwall", said the spokesman.

The figures were collated by the Commons library to help MPs as they today debate the Sovereign Grant Bill, which will consolidate the Civil List and government grants for travel, communications and buildings into a single payment to the Queen based on the annual profits of the Crown Estate.

Republic, which calculates the true cost of the monarchy to be £202 million a year, said the Sovereign Grant was a "gold-plated deal" as it can never decrease.

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