What the Tribunal heard
Last Thursday and Friday the Information Tribunal found itself unusually a focus of media and public attention. It was considering one of the numerous cases about MPs' expenses which have been working their way through the freedom of information process.
The Tribunal hearing featured a fascinating cross-examination of the director-general of resources at the House of Commons, Andrew Walker, as a result of which MPs will now know to check the John Lewis website to see how much they can claim for a particular kind of domestic good.
Sam Coates of the Times has now posted on his blog, Red Box, the best question-by-question record available of Mr Walker's evidence.
Coates states: 'Here is the most comprehensive transcript and notes I could record - the only such note that will be placed in the public domain (no recording devices were allowed)' - in which case he has performed a public service by giving the rest of the world access to the contents of his notes.
UPDATE: I gather that some Commons officials feel that Andrew Walker's remarks, which generated plenty of headlines about ipods and fishtanks, were badly misreported. The merit of what Sam Coates has done on his blog is to provide us with the best available access to Mr Walker's actual words - and he has asked for corrections if his partial transcript contains errors.