It seems that Tim Loughton, the children's minister, was unable to claim for ink cartridges on expenses.

Following last year's expenses scandal that sent shockwaves through parliament, expenses claims are being more closely scrutinised and one MP ended up having to pay for his own ink cartridges.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority rejected almost £10,000 worth of claims during the final two months of last year, including one for ink cartridges.

Reports suggest that Mr Loughton submitted "insufficient evidence" for his £89.23 claim for ink cartridges and staples. Perhaps now he'll be looking to take advantage of the cheap prices on offer here at Cartridge Monkey.

Another MP did receive money for his ink cartridges, though. According to the Press and Journal, former MP Phil Woolas, who has been suspended from the Labour Party, received £56.28 to cover "winding-up" expenses for paper and printer cartridges.

Various other MPs had expenses claims refused too, with the majority of rejections being made because of a lack of evidence, or differences between the receipts and the size of the claims being made.