Freedom of Information

The ruling has been handed down:

The Commons Speaker, Michael Martin, today lost a high court battle to prevent the disclosure of the details of second-home expenses claimed by 14 prominent MPs.

Today\’s ruling, given by Sir Igor Judge, the president of the Queen\’s bench division, Lord Justice Latham and Mr Justice Blake, will increase pressure on Martin, who has been criticised for his decision to block publication of the information.

The Commons authorities challenged the Information Tribunal\’s demand that a detailed breakdown of MPs\’ additional costs allowances had to be provided under the Freedom of Information Act.

The allowances cover the expenditure incurred when an MP is away from home on parliamentary duties, including the cost of running second homes and general household bills.

A total of 14 MPs and former MPs, including former prime minister Tony Blair and his successor, Gordon Brown, Tory leader David Cameron and the former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, will now have to disclose a detailed breakdown of what they claimed.

Gonna be fun the see the numbers, ain\’t it?

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