Welsh MPs publish expenses monthly online

Members of the Welsh assembly are to have their expenses published online every month – in a move which should be a boon for journalists covering the Welsh parliament.

It follows a row over two Welsh AMs claiming for the purchase of iPods.

In the Scottish parliament MPs publish their expenses quarterly.

After a lengthy freedom of information battle by journalists, the UK parliament has yet to resolve what MP expenses will be made public on an ongoing basis.

Last week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown dropped plans to exempt MPs from some aspects of the Freedom of Information Act.

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