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Friday, October 30

Second disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Prime Minister John Key and Speaker of the House, the Hon Dr Lockwood Smith.jointly released the  Second disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament.

The first disclosure of expenses covered the first two quarters of this year up to June 30 2009. Today’s announcement is for the three months ended 30 September 2009.

Information released today covers expenses paid under the Speaker’s Directions to individual members of Parliament by the Parliamentary Service for Wellington accommodation, out-of-Wellington accommodation, air travel and surface travel costs.

Payments for travel under the inter-parliamentary programme by the Office of the Clerk and for Ministerial travel and accommodation by Ministerial Services are also being released.

The Prime Minister and Speaker said that the disclosure provided a comprehensive picture of expenses paid to members of Parliament by the three relevant agencies: the Parliamentary Service, the Office of the Clerk and Ministerial Services.

“We believe the disclosure reflects a commitment by members of Parliament to be open and accountable to the people of New Zealand,” they said.

A full schedule of expenses claimed by members of Parliament is available on http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/Expenses and by Ministers on http://www.dia.govt.nz/ministers_expenses.

The next disclosure, for the three months ending 31 December 2009, is expected in February of next year.