MPs set to debate their expenses again


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MPs will be debating their expenses again next week. The Conservative backbencher Adam Afriyie, who has been chairing a special select committee to look at the operations of IPSA, their much-loathed expenses watchdog, has secured a debate in the Commons chamber on the 15th and the motion will be based on his committee's findings. We don't know what those are, yet, but their report has been agreed and should appear soon.

At today's meeting of the Backbench Business Committee, which scheduled the debate which resulted in Mr Afriyie's committee being set up, he managed to avoid even the most tantalising hint of what his report contained - but seemed quite sure that there would be little controversy, and that the whole thing could be done and dusted in an hour or so. Make of that what you will. It does imply that the government will be content with whatever he plans to propose, which in turn suggests that he will not be arguing for a radical reshaping of IPSA. We shall see.

Also next Thursday, the Backbench Committee has scheduled a debate in the chamber on financial education, following the report of an all-party group, and a debate in Westminster Hall on Remploy - following a petition to Downing Street and representations from MPs worried about the future of their local factories providing employment for disabled people.

Meanwhile the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has renewed its bid for a debate on the operations of Pub Companies early in the new year - after a vigorous session with BIS minister Ed Davey this morning. The Backbench Committee does not yet have a debating day to allocate next year, but they gave a sympathetic hearing to BIS Committee Chair Adrian Bailey, and when they do, this subject looks highly likely to be aired.

UPDATE: the report is due to be published next Monday.

Mark D'Arcy Article written by Mark D'Arcy Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent

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    Comment number 6.

    MPs will not rest until their lavish 'trough' is well and truly reinstated. These disgusting, self serving, two-faced low-lives (House of Lords included), really do believe they are entitled to executive, rock star lifestyles. Their arrogance is breathtaking,for example, why do they think they are entitled to have the public pay for their families' travel costs? Deep-rooted self-importance!

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    Comment number 5.

    Will they be talking about the millinaire Tory Mp who is still in parliament despite claiiming 57k rent for renting a flat from his own company and refusing to pay back a penny of it?

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    Comment number 4.

    #1 Megan
    Absolutely100% right.
    Anybody who has worked in business both claiming and signing expenses off will be familiar with proper procedures which enable fair claims to be met within the HMRC rules. With receipts.
    Just what is it about MPs that is so special?
    If they think their circumstances are unusual they need to get out more.
    This has been made a meal of, at our expense.

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    Comment number 3.

    Just heard that the ginger rodent has sent his Xmas card message, me thinks a tad off target aka squirrel....I think Ms Harmen meant it to be another type of rodent, THE BEN variety me thinks..........

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    Comment number 2.

    Sleazy wine-and-dines with people or corporations who want to pay (be that monetarily, in kind, in promises of future roles, in non-executive directorships or in ANY OTHER WAY) MPs to make parliamentary decisions in their favour should not be paid for by the public.

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    Comment number 1.

    It is perfectly simple: use standard HMRC rules regarding expenses - and remember that if your employer buys you something you need to do your job, it remains your employer's property and must be returned when you leave that employment.



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