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One in five MPs fails to declare outside interests

Friday 25 January 2013

One in five of the 150 MPs in parliament is not meeting official rules on declaring private interests and other sources of income, the AD reports on Friday.

The paper carried out research into entries in the public register of MPs’ interests and found around 30 were not completely accurate.

A number of parliamentarians have updated their details since the research was carried out, the paper says. Some say they did not know they had to complete the register, while others blamed support staff for the failings.

Parliamentary chairwoman Anouchka Van Miltenburg (VVD) told the AD she has now mailed all the parliamentary party leaders, reminding them of their obligations.

‘But I am not going to follow MPs like a police officer and I am not going to send any civil servants after them,’ she said.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

How can this country have legislators that make the laws break the laws? They should be prosecuted, fined, and fired!

By M | 25 January 2013 10:00 AM

I notice they accept no personal responsibilities for their failings.

At this time of austerity when everyone else is having to cough up hard earned cash to keep these miscreants in a comfy position, I'd strongly prefer that the parliamentary chairwoman ruled over these characters like a police officer. Maybe then they'd pay more attention to representing the people and less lining their own pockets...or better yet, leave the field and let more honest people take over.

By a voter... | 25 January 2013 10:10 AM

I have personally seen corruption hit right across all levels of govt and police - it is hell for citizens. Failure to declare personal interests can be the start of serious problems. Politicians have to set the highest example of openness and transparency - and they do need to be Policed; we all do.

By Max Harmreduction | 25 January 2013 10:35 AM

About ‘But I am not going follow MPs like a police officer and I am not going to send any civil servants after them’. Why not??? This is required by law and citizens need to know how their elected officials are funded.

By Quest | 25 January 2013 11:45 AM

Corruption is not only found in asian Countries

By kees | 26 January 2013 8:05 AM

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