Parliament – MPs shy away from meeting

MPs were forced to abandon a public grilling on Tuesday of a member of the European court of auditors about the extent of euro-fraud because too few MPs turned up.

The Commons European affairs committee was due to cross-examine John Wiggins on the court’s role in cracking down on the misappropriation of European Commission funds, understood to cost #3bn last year.

But it had to hold an informal meeting in private because only four of its 16 members attended. The meeting was delayed for 20 minutes while officials trawled through the palace of Westminster in an attempt to find the absentees.

No-one was available for comment on why the subject failed to attract enough interest, but the latest report from the court followed a call from Lib Dem MP David Heath for the National Audit Office to forge closer links with its European counterpart.

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