The National Audit Office has been forced to qualify the accounts of the
House of Commons for the last financial year after members of parliament
overspent by nearly £1m on computers, stationery and paperclips.
In a note to the accounts, Sir John Bourn, the auditor-general, wrote:
‘Claims for reimbursement of costs by Members of Parliament were some £946,000
higher than projected.’
As a result he was forced for the first time to ‘qualify’ the Commons
accounts — refusing to sign them off and forcing Parliament to vote through the
On average, MPS overspent by £1,500 on running their office for the financial
year 2005-6 than expected.
The Commons Department of Finance and Administration has launched an
investigation into the matter, The Guardian reported.