On 16 December 1987 the House decided to increase the allowance given to Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
by 50% of the basic allowance, to take into account the increased difficulties he faces in being a visually
impaired Member. This was increased to 2.57 times the basic amount on 14 July 1988, a figure which
was subsequently renewed on 14 July 1992, on 13 July 1994, and again on 10 July 1996.
On 26 November 1998 the House decided to increase the allowance given to Miss Anne Begg MP to
1.55 times the basic amount of both the Office Costs Allowance and the Additional Costs Allowance.
Previously, on 20 March 1998, the House had decided to increase the allowance paid to Miss Begg to
1.33 times the basic amount for both the Office Costs Allowance and the Additional Costs
Allowance. The House also agreed on this date that the limit on Members' staff travel for Miss Begg
should be 34 return journeys in the 12 months beginning 1 January 1998.