» Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to speak to Bill Clinton while the ex-President was in London, the PMS said that he was not aware of any specific meetings planned.

Asked if the Prime Minister had any views on recommendations from the Commons Members Estimates Committee’s report on MPs’ allowances, the PMS said that our general position on this was first set out by the Prime Minister in his letter to the Speaker on 5 February when he said that the public needed to be reassured that all tax payers’ money used to support Members in their work, both in Parliament and in their constituencies, had been properly spent and accounted for. That was why we welcomed the move towards greater transparency in today’s report, as well as the move towards more rigorous audit and their rejection of a significant increase in MPs’ salaries. However, this was a very lengthy report, with a number of complex recommendations, which we had only received it in the past few hours, so we would have to consider it further before giving a more specific response.

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