Tuesday, 15 February 2011 9:49 AM

Opposition Group to Foot Hotel Bill

Hotel bills incurred by the Parliamentary Opposition at the Heritage Park Hotel will be met by its members.

The Opposition Press Secretary, Deli Oso, made the clarification following reports that the Opposition group's bill at the Heritage Park Hotel has hit a million dollars.

Some members of the Opposition moved into the hotel few weeks ago following the defection of a number of government ministers to the Opposition side.

The local newspaper report also highlighted public concern that such unnecessary spending should not be entertained by the government while service delivery throughout the country remains poor.

But Ms Oso says the bills referred to in the local report will be met by the Opposition members and not the government.

She also explained that the Opposition had also paid part of its bills last year when it's members had camped at the Hotel after the elections and during the lobbying period while the other half was met by the government, which is the normal practice.

The other two camps which formed the government were camped at the Pacific Casino Hotel and the Honiara Hotel. She says each of the hotels were paid one million dollars for bills incurred last year after the elections.

SIBC News understands that the government is responsible for meeting parliamentarians' bills under certain entitlements.

Attempts to get clarification from the Clerk to parliament on these entitlements have been unsuccessful.

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