Police Launch House Of Lords Expenses Probe

Police have launched an inquiry into House of Lords expenses after a peer was found to have claimed a 300 allowance for days on which he did no parliamentary work.

Lord Hanningfield has already been ordered to repay 3,300 which he wrongly claimed and was suspended for the rest of the current Parliament.

This followed a complaint which led to an inquiry by the Lords Commissioner for Standards, Paul Kernaghan.

Mr Kernaghan concentrated on 11 days in July last year when Lord Hanningfield spent less than 40 minutes in the parliamentary estate.

It was found that the peer “failed to act on his personal honour”.

Now, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that “a review of allegations of unlawful claiming of allowances at the House of Lords” began after Mr Kernaghan’s report.

It was also revealed that Lord Hanningfield has already been interviewed by police.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm a 73-year-old man attended by appointment an east London police station and was interviewed under caution in relation to an allegation of fraud.”

Lord Hanningfield’s case followed an investigation by the Daily Mirror, who said they monitored the peer for 19 days last summer.

The peer said he regarded the allowance as a “de facto salary” which earned him around 30,000 a year.

He said he was unaware what he was doing was wrong and made clear he intended to return to the House of Lords after his suspension.

The peer was jailed in 2011 for a separate abuse of his expenses.

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26 November 2014 | 4:28 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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