12 Sep 2010

MP expense details 'should be given under OIA'

1:00 pm on 12 September 2010

The Law Society is calling for details of MPs' expenses to be made available through the Official Information Act.

Spending by MPs has come under scrutiny during the past year following the Speaker's voluntary disclosure of information.

The Wellington branch of the Law Society says making information more freely available, and the release process more transparent, would benefit not only the public but also MPs.

It says the only legislation under which Parliament may allow this at present is the Public Finance Act and Auditor General inquiry reports.