Palma.—The Partido Popular (PP), in power in the Balearic government is to put forward a proposal to be debated in the regional Parliament that video conferencing should, wherever possible, be used to cut down the travel expenses of MPs within the Islands.

The PP defended its proposal yesterday by saying that video conferencing will have a two-way benefit as those organisations needing to meet with government mem-bers won't have to pay for travel costs either.

PP spokesman Alejandro Sanz said that theBalearic government with its headquarters in Palma already uses this technology when it has to be in touch with public administration bodies elsewhere in the Islands and that it is now essential that the policy be extended to non government organisations as well. “Unlike the previous (Socialist coalition) government,” Sanz said, “the PP are going through expenses with a fine tooth comb.”