Probe likely over claims that British peers ‘can be bought’

January 25th, 2009 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 25 (DPA) The leader of Britain’s House of Lords - the upper house of the parliament - said Sunday she was prepared to order a probe into claims that four peers were prepared to accept money to help amend legislation.Lady Janet Royall said she was “deeply concerned” over the allegations, made by the Sunday Times newspaper, that four lords of the ruling Labour party had shown themselves open to being “bought”.

The newspaper said research by undercover reporters showed that the four had offered to help make amendments to legislation in return for up to 120,000 pounds ($165,000) a year.

They were allegedly reacting to approaches by reporters pretending to act in the interests of a foreign businessman seeking to establish a chain of shops in Britain while getting tax concessions.

The newspaper said the four who responded favourably were among ten peers from different parties who had been approached.

The House of Lords, whose members are appointed and not elected, has an advisory role in legislation, and the power to delay legislation in some areas.

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