Democrat Party list MP Boonyod Sukthinthai will petition the House panel on parliamentary ethics to probe the House speaker's controversial study trip to Britain.
Mr Boonyod said yesterday that the inquiry by the House committee on parliamentary affairs found that House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont's study trip for academics and reporters followed proper procedures and receipts had been submitted for all expenses.
Although legal action could not be taken against Mr Somsak for the expenditures involved, the House panel should compile a report in order to make it clear that the overseas trip was inappropriate, the Democrat MP said.
The House panel on parliamentary affairs summoned Sompol Wanikkhaphan, the House deputy secretary-general, to testify about the trip because he was in charge of organising it.
Mr Sompol, who was in Laos yesterday, assigned Sirawasa Thetthomsap, director of the International Relations Bureau under the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, to testify to the panel.
Mr Boonyod said that according to Ms Sirawasa, parliament spent 7 million baht on the study trip.
Initially, a total of 25 reporters had been invited to join Mr Somsak's entourage, but only 12 accepted.
Mr Boonyod said each reporter received 16,000 baht in pocket money for the trip. He questioned whether the cash handouts were aimed at influencing the media.
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