It would seem the current bill for the House of Lords is £305 million in the last financial year. In 2002-2003, the total cost was £110 million. The most expensive peer is a Labour, ex trade unionist, peer - naturally.
Mind you, in their defense, they have been busy little bees. Parliament and the House of Lords have created one new imprisonable offence every four days over the past ten years.
Statist? Control Freaks? You bet - and I also wager its all Balls too!