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Expenses and Allowances

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

21. Whether she plans to bring forward proposals for legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report on MPs’ expenses and allowances from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. (301686)

The Government have accepted the recommendations in the Committee’s report and will bring forward any legislation that may be necessary to implement them.

I note that answer, but it is rather unspecific. The Kelly report contains specific proposals that require primary legislation, so can the Deputy Leader of the House give us any more detail about when those specific measures will be brought forward, given that relatively few sitting days are left before the end of this Parliament and therefore it will not be able to introduce some of those measures if she does not get a move on?

We are in discussion with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Committee on Standards in Public Life about what legislation is necessary. When we reach agreement as a result of that discussion, we will introduce the necessary measures.