Commons authorities call in police over MPs’ expenses reports

May 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

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The Clerk of the House of Commons has written to all MPs revealing that he has asked the police to investigate the leak of details about expenses to The Daily Telegraph.

Malcolm Jack said there were “reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to the way this information has been handled.

“Having informed Mr Speaker I have today made a report to the Metropolitan Police, asking them to consider the matter.”

Yesterday and today The Daily Telegraph has published detailed reports of expenses claims by members of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and MPs from Labour and the Conservatives.

In a letter to all MPs obtained by blogger Guido Fawkes, Mr Jack wrote:

“I refer to the publication today of articles in The Daily Telegraph about Members’ expenses apparently based on information held in confidence by the House service.

“The advice which I have received is that there are reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to the way this information has been handled. Having informed Mr Speaker I have today made a report to the Metropolitan Police, asking them to consider the matter.

“Recognising individual Members’ concerns, an inquiry line (020 7219 XXXX) has been set up which will be open during working hours and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May. A senior member of staff will be on hand to assist Members.

“If it would be more convenient, you can e-mail xxxxxxx@parliament.uk supplying contact details and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

“Please note if you or your delegate call the inquiry line you will be required to provide proof of identity through the MP Verify identification system used by the Department of Resources.”

Details of four years of claims by MPs are due to be published in July, with some details blocked out.

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