Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I think it could be that what the member is expressing is an isolated case.
When we accumulate all the costs for all the members in the House, we find that the budget has remained static since at least 2009-10, which was the last time we topped up the travel budget. It was established at about $21.3 million, and we had been spending in the neighbourhood of $22.6 million for some time.
As the Clerk was explaining, when there was room in other budgets to be able to supplement the travel budget to pay for it, then we did so, but we've exhausted the capacity to do that, so we've had to ask for a top-up of $1.3 million in travel to align that budget with what we're actually spending, the $22.6 million.
It does not reflect the funding for the entire point system, but because it's a statutory item, it's always topped up to the amount we actually spend in a particular year. We've now adjusted so that it's based on the most recent spending pattern. If members were, on average, to use more points going forward, we'd be back here again asking for more money as well, because it's always reset to what we actually spend.