This from the BBC's Martin Rosenbaum on Open Secrets
David Maclean has now announced that he would like his Bill on MPs
and FOI to be amended so that it requires the Commons to publish every
year the figures for MPs' travel, accommodation, incidental expenses,
secretarial and other allowances.
This would convert the Speaker's pledge to do this into a legal
obligation. It will be presented as a compromise and may shore up some
of the diminishing support for the Bill. But it would make little
difference to its actual practical impact.
The Bill would still exempt Parliament generally from freedom of
information. So even if the Commons has to carry on publishing the
summary information about MPs' allowances that it already does, it
means that MPs would not be threatened by further cases where the
Information Commissioner might force them to reveal more and more
detail about how they spend their allowances. Some MPs back the Bill
because they would find more detailed disclosures uncomfortably
And the Bill would also completely rule out other requests (one example here) to the Parliamentary authorities for information relating to how the Houses of Parliament are run.