Parliament questions cost of Royal Family

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10 October 2007 THE HAGUE – A majority in parliament wants the government to clarify the expenditure on the Royal Family. This request followed an investigation by commercial broadcaster RTL Nieuws showing that the costs had risen from 83 million in 2005 to 113 million in 2006, a rise of 36 percent.

10 October 2007
 
THE HAGUE – A majority in parliament wants the government to clarify the expenditure on the Royal Family. This request followed an investigation by commercial broadcaster RTL Nieuws showing that the costs had risen from 83 million in 2005 to 113 million in 2006, a rise of 36 percent.

According to the investigation, it is not always clear what the money is spent on. The Ministry of Home Affairs, for instance, is responsible for the protection of the Royal Family, but some costs are still declared with the Ministry of Housing (VROM). The budget for the royal estate Het Loo palace is also unclear.

On the RTL Nieuws programme on Tuesday, MPs of the PvdA, SP, PVV, GroenLinks, D66 and the Party for the Animals called for further information. The issue is likely to be discussed during a debate to be held on Wednesday between Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and parliament.

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