25 Jun 2010

Solomons MP funds revealed for last four years

1:09 pm on 25 June 2010

The Solomon Islands caretaker deputy prime minister says government MPs in the last parliament paid out more than 800,000 US dollars for each constituency.

The Solomon Times reports Fred Fono as saying the money came from the rural constituency development fund, the micro-project fund, the Taiwanese Millennium fund, church assistance and an independence anniversary fund.

He says that for 2010 a total of 75,000 dollars has been spent in each constituency.

Mr Fono says he revealed the figures to clarify media statements he says are inconsistent with the assistance Taiwan and Solomon Islands government have given to constituencies.

However, he admits the figures do not include fisheries and agricultural funding given to previous government MPs in 2007, and the funding of portable mills and chainsaws in 2007 and 2008.