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Members: Allowances

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1570-71W, on Members’ expenses, what consideration she gave to consulting the Information Commissioner on the provisions of the draft Freedom of Information (Parliament) Order 2009. (258665)

I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) of 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1570-71W.

To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Chichester of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 1W, on Members: allowances, what criteria govern the assessment of the merits of a request for an advance on a hon. Member’s communications allowance. (258667)

Subject to the administrative rules set out in my answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 1W, the requester would need to demonstrate that the advance was for a specific purpose which enabled him or her to carry out a parliamentary duty and that it was a proper use of public money in support of his or her role. There must be no suggestion that the use of the allowance would be for party political advantage or electioneering.

To date no advance from the communications allowance for 2009-10 has been requested this year nor were any advances made last year.