UK Liberty

Commons gives up bid to keep expenses hidden

Posted in accountability, freedom of information, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on May 21, 2008

Decides to shred instead?

The BBC:

MPs have finally abandoned their legal fight to keep secret the details of their expenses.

The Commons Members Estimates Committee says it will not seek leave to appeal against a High Court ruling ordering a detailed breakdown of their claims.

The court ruled that the Information Tribunal acted within its powers when it demanded details of MPs’ second home allowances be provided.

The details of 14 MPs, including Gordon Brown, must be released by Friday.

Information on the remaining MPs, thought to number around one million individual items, will be published in the autumn, a spokeswoman for the committee said.  …

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