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Emergency plan for independent audit of MPs' expenses - Times Online

MPs' expenses will be scrutinised by a new audit body policed by professional, external accountants under emergency plans being drawn up this weekend, it emerged today.

Sir Stuart Bell, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough who is one of those responsible for the current rules governing MPs' claims, said today: "In all probability tomorrow the Commission will approve a special specific audit unit, hived off from the fees office, independent of the fees office which will verify in future every claim that's made by any Member of Parliament."

He explained that the plans included hiring professional accountants who were "outside individuals" to comb through and verify new expense claims before signing them off.

Sir Stuart also said that he expected that there will be a statement in the House of Commons tomorrow to apologise to the public over the expenses and second home debacle.

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by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 12:53:17 PM EST
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