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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 31st January 2013.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln 10:31 am, 31st January 2013

Worryingly, after two and a half years it seems that IPSA is still a four-letter swear-word to many of my colleagues in all parts of the House. Is my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House aware that every year the taxpayer is charged £11,500 to do our expenses individually? That is £7.5 million per annum charged by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Does he think that is value for money in this time of austerity and does he think there is anything he can do about it?