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MP’s Allowances

Asked if the Prime Minister was generally sympathetic to the proposal that the National Audit Office should carry out spot checks on MPs’ expenses, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Prime Minister’s view was that this was an interesting proposal. He was generally in favour of greater transparency, but we were not going to get into the position where we commented on every individual proposal that came up. These were matters that the House authorities would consider.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be discussing the matter with Jack Straw and others, and taking a view himself to shape the debate, the PMS replied that obviously this was a very live issue at the moment, and something that that individual Members of Parliament and individual Cabinet Ministers would have their own personal views on.

Asked what the Prime Minister’s personal views were, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s views were those that he had expressed this morning, that he agreed with Jack Straw that there was a case for greater transparency over MPs’ expenses, but exactly how this should be achieved was a matter for the House authorities to consider.

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