Feeds

MPs get £2k home cinema on taxpayers

All back to Prezza's

Intelligent flash storage arrays

MPs are allowed to splurge up to £1,770 of taxpayers' money on home cinema equipment for their London pied à terre, it's been revealed, as part of the so-called "John Lewis* list".

The document has been released as part of the ongoing scrutiny of the seemingly generous expenses or elected representatives grant themselves. It details the maximum "reasonable" allowances for pimping out second homes.

Our lawyer readers will be pleased to note that there's a £50 allowance for a shredder; kit today's discerning MP should always have close at hand.

Of particular interest to most Reg readers will be news that your also MP gets £750 to splurge on a big TV, £750 for hi-fi equipment and £270 for a recordable DVD player. In all that makes for a decent home cinema setup and with the right player could be doubly useful for making copies of HMRC data.

We just hope nobody bought a HD-DVD box.

If any MP staff are reading, the lads round at Reg Hardware are offering their services on a consultancy basis to help avoid such technological blundering. Standard McKinsey rates apply. ®

*For our US readers, John Lewis is an old school department store favoured by couples for their wedding list, mostly because it's expensive gear.

Bootnote

Here's the full package:

Air conditioning unit - £299.99
Bed - £1,000
Bedside cabinet - £100
Bookcase/shelf - £200
Bookcase/cabinet - £500
Carpet - £35 per square metre
Carpet fitting - £6.50 per square metre
Coffee maker/machine - £100
Coffee table - £250
Dining armchairs (each) - £150
Dining chairs (each) - £90
Dining table - £600
Dishwasher - £375
Drawer chest (five) - £500
Dressing table - £500
Dry cleaning - both personal and household [items] are allowable within reasonable limits
Food mixer - £200
Freestanding mirror - £300
Fridge/freezer combi - £550
Gas cooker - £650
Hi-fi/stereo - £750
Installation of new bathroom - £6,335
Installation of new kitchen - £10,000
Lamp table - £200
Nest of tables - £200
Recordable DVD - £270
Rugs (each) - £300
Shredder - £50
Sideboard - £795
Suite of furniture - £2,000
Television set - £750
Tumble dryer - £250
Underlay (basic) - £6.99 per square metre
Wardrobe - £700
Washer dryer - £500
Washing machine - £350
Wooden flooring/carpets - £35 per square metre
Workstation - £150

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.