(2) by what date the House of Commons Commission expects to place the details of hon. Members' expenses since 2004 in the public domain.
The scanning and editing of Members' claims, receipts etc. for the years 2004-05 to 2007-08 is well advanced. Once this work is complete, individual hon. Members will need to check the records relating to them, and further editing may then be required. A date for publication cannot yet be set.
The task of scanning and editing for publication a very large amount of information has proved more difficult than originally envisaged when the proposed arrangements for disclosure of Members' expenses down to receipt level were announced last summer. Ensuring that hon. Members' legitimate security and privacy concerns were taken into account has been complex and has required careful attention to over 700,000 individual records. Once scanning and editing has been completed, individual hon. Members will need to check the records relating to them, and further editing may then be required. This process will not be complete by the end of February 2009 and a date for publication cannot yet be set.