Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:53 pm on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury 1:53 pm, 17th July 2018

On a point of order of which I gave you notice some hours ago, Mr Speaker. In 1975, Short money was introduced for Opposition parties to carry out their parliamentary duties. In 2006, a change was made and representative money was introduced for Members of those parties who do not take their seats in this House and therefore do not partake in the work of this House. I understand that one particular party, namely Sinn Féin, has claimed over £1 million since that date to provide them with expenses for a job they patently do not do. Mr Speaker, I wonder what your view on that is and whether you could advise me on how that may be challenged.