LONDON: The Deputy Prime Minister has apologised on behalf of the Government to members of Parliment by e-mail this afternoon as his last act as Acting Prime Minister ready for David Cameron to return Monday morning.
The apology comes after details emerged of £1.5 million paid to business branding consultants investigating whether a re-branding of the Houses of Commons and Lords would be effective.
In documents seen exclusively by one media outlet, it is documented that the instructions were to "improve the standing of the House of Commons and engage interest in its work" and to "engage the public in the good work that the House of Lords does". The report seen stipulates that the company Conservative Branding Consultants does not have any connection with the Conservative Party, but its directorship does contain the majority of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat elected MP's who sit in the Commons.
Furthermore the leaked report minutes meetings where staff from Conservative Branding Consultants offered a number of ideas to the Government ministers including The Commoners House of Fun and Westminster Free House; and The Sitting Lords of Britain and Free Money Inc.
The report concluded however that there is no opportunity that they can foresee which will raise the level of awareness of the Government's work and that the names "House of Commons" and "House of Lords" should remain, however that the Prime Minister should re-title himself as Owner of Britain.
It is not known where the payments to the Conservative Branding Consultants have gone to, as there were in excess of 200 smaller payments made and the company quickly disolved at Companies House as the organisation was closed.