Lords expenses probe dropped over ‘press storm’ fears

“Members of the House of Lords who claim perks without doing any work will not be “named and shamed”, BBC Two’s Meet the Lords reveals.

Lords speaker Baroness D’Souza spent months investigating peers who collected their £300 daily allowance but did not take part in debates.

One member was alleged to have kept a taxi running outside while signing in to collect the allowance.

But Baroness D’Souza shelved the probe to avoid a “press storm”.

She told the programme: “What I wanted to find out in the research that I did a few months ago was who was attending and what they were claiming and even though it is very difficult to quantify there are some who make no contribution whatsoever but who nevertheless claim the full amount.”


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