Mr Andrew Mackay and Ms Julie Kirkbride - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

17.  Letter to the Commissioner from Rt Hon Andrew Mackay, 12 February 2010

Thank you for your response of 26th January raising some additional questions. As you will appreciate I have needed to devote time to the Legg recommendations and subsequent appeal which have now been published. I will therefore require a little more time to see if I can find any more relevant information to answer questions one and three. Meanwhile it might be helpful if I answered the remaining questions as follows:-

Two. The only dependent child living with us is our nine year old son [name] who attends school in London. He would normally move with his mother between [the London and Bromsgrove properties]. As mentioned in my initial response it is easy to commute between [the Bromsgrove property] and my constituency with the route being virtually all motorway or dual carriageway. The estimated figures I supplied to you show that I spend slightly more nights in [the Bromsgrove property] than [the London property]. There would be some Sunday nights and days in the September recess (when [our son] is back at school) that I remain in [Bromsgrove] to attend to family commitments, mentioned in my previous reply, whilst my wife has returned to the London property with [our son].

Four. This is quite straightforward. As previously mentioned in my last reply I took advice about ACA arrangements from [the then Head of the Fees Office] soon after marrying Julie Kirkbride. However MPs were only required to inform the Fees Office they shared accommodation with another MP at a much later date. As I answered in my last response I could not believe this referred to married couples as it was self evident so I did not register the fact at that time.

Five. I have always claimed for the full mortgage interest on my second home.

I will revert back to you on the remaining two questions after I return from the half term recess.

12 February 2010

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