The Lib Dems are to open talks with the ICAEW about the auditing of
parliamentary members’ expenses.
After MPs voted down stricter policing of their expenses, which could have
involved an external audit, the Lib Dems are looking to the profession to help
keep a closer eye on what its MPs spend.
The ICAEW could run
spotchecks of MP’s receipts, but a spokesman said that initially the institute
was only likely to provide advice.
The other parties are working on their scheme for managing MPs’ expenses,
although neither Labour nor the Conservatives revealed plans to use external
A Conservative party spokesman said it expected to release details of
front-bench expenses in the next week and would include details of some
back-bench members as well.
Labour has not yet committed to revealing its members’ expenses. Harriet
Harman, Leader of the House of Commons said: ‘We are considering how we go
Last week the National Audit
Office warned that making MPs’ expenses subject to external audit would be
‘costly and intrusive’.
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