UK MPs’ expenses to be published

May 20th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by admin  

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London, May 20 (ANI): British Members of Parliament will publish over a million receipts for shopping bills and other household items after backing down in a legal battle to keep their expense claims secret.
Receipts submitted by 14 prominent past and present MPs, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, will be released this week after the Commons authorities decided not to challenge a High Court ruling that they be made public.
The group had been subject to a number of requests under the Freedom of Information Act by the campaigner Heather Brooks and The Sunday Telegraph into the use of their taxpayer-funded second homes allowances, which cover furnishing, renovations and even groceries.
The Commons members’ estimate committee has also agreed to publish the claims of all 646 MPs, including an estimated million receipts.
As well as details of mortgage repayments, household bills, cleaning, repairs and rent, the claims cover food bills and requests for reimbursement submitted in 2005 and 2006 using the controversial “John Lewis List” of furnishings.
A spokesman for the House authorities said claims and receipts relating to the 14 would be submitted to those who had first requested them by 4pm on Friday. (ANI)

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