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Ten Minute Rule Bill: BBC audit arrangements

Conservative MP Alun Cairns introduced his BBC (Audit Arrangements and Publication of Invoices) Bill, which would require the BBC to publish all invoices for amounts in excess of £500 each quarter, on 21 November 2012.

The bill would also allow unrestricted access to the corporation's accounts by the National Audit Office.

The Vale of Glamorgan MP said: "One constituent asked me how much money is being spent on after-show parties, be it after a successful series, or even after every episode of Strictly Come Dancing or similar programmes."

Mr Cairns also queried the BBC's spending on advertising "when it already reaches nearly all the population".

He explained: "It's not that these activities are necessarily wrong, but the public has a right to know how much they cost."

The bill received an unopposed first reading but it is unlikely to become law without government backing.

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