A senior Labour peer has offered to repay expenses claimed for travelling between London and his home in Brighton after questions were raised about his expenses claims.
Lord Bassam, the Labour chief whip in the House of Lords, said he had not breached parliamentary rules but could have dealt the issue in a "more appropriate" way.
The Mail on Sunday reported that as chief whip and because his main home is not in London, he is one of a small number of Lords frontbenchers entitled to a Lords office holders allowance - currently £36,366 a year.
The payment - paid as part of his salary - is to cover peers' "expenses in staying overnight away from their main or only residence".
However the paper said that rather than using it to cover the costs of a second home in London or hotel bills, Lord Bassam simply made the hour-long train journey between Brighton and the capital.
At the same time the paper said he also claimed about £6,400 a year in expenses for train tickets and cab fares.
Lord Bassam's statement in full: