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Over the past six years Mr Martin and his wife Mary have enjoyed a total of 16 trips to destinations including Hawaii, the Bahamas, New York and Rome.
Each of the visits was approved by a cross-party Commons committee - whose chairman is Mr Martin.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that Mrs Martin has accompanied her husband on all but one of his 17 overseas visits since September 2002. Her travel bill alone for just 10 of the trips was £25,000.
Mrs Martin has no formal official role as the wife of the Speaker, yet the couple averaged an overseas trip once every four months to some of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
They include a 15-day visit to Hawaii and New Zealand in July/August 2004 and a two-day trip to the Bahamas in January 2007.
It's tough being a politician's wife, isn't it?
A spokesman for Mr Martin, 63, said that some of the costs of the accommodation during the visits were paid by the host organisation or country.
She said Mrs Martin was invited to accompany her husband: “Whenever Mrs Martin does accompany the Speaker on official engagement, the visits are always authorised by the House of Commons authorities.”
Each was approved by the House of Commons Commission, which is responsible for the Commons’ “administration and services”, according to its website.
It is chaired by Mr Martin, although his spokesman said although he made the requests for the trips, he played no part in the committee’s decision.
She said: “It is a formal process. The person who makes the request takes no part in the process.”
I wonder, just out of idle curiosity, how hard Mr Martin had to work to justify these freebies for his unelected, unaccountable, unemployed wife from the endless font of the public purse?