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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln 10:35 am, 28th February 2013

You may recall, Mr Speaker, that a month ago I asked the Leader of the House a question about the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. No organisation, charity or business would allow its finance department to budget for a cost per employee of about £10,000 per annum to process each individual claim. What does he think of IPSA senior management’s bullying tactics and threats, subsequent to my raising these issues, to try to silence me regarding their spiralling costs? Does he think that the chief executive should show some backbone and meet me—he has refused to do so for more than two and a half years —instead of attempting to smear the names of Members of Parliament by false innuendo and subterfuge?


John Neville
Posted on 1 Mar 2013 2:41 pm (Report this annotation)

This was followed by an apology to IPSA by Karl McCartney:

"On Thursday night Mr McCartney apologised for his abusive comments. He said: 'I apologise unreservedly to Ipsa for my comments which were inappropriate, and which I regret having made.

'I accept that such comments have given cause for offence. You will not see me making similar remarks in the future in respect of Ipsa, which has a difficult and important job to do.'"