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18:14 CET+01:00
Ten out of fifteen Moderate Party state secretaries have admitted to paying cash-in-hand for domestic services.

News agency TT asked all 33 state secretaries from the four parties in the ruling coalition whether they had ever paid under the table for services such as cleaning, tiling, painting and child-minding.

In all, 16 out of the 32 state secretaries who agreed to supply an answer admitted to wrongdoing.

Many of the aides were not politically active at the time they broke the rules and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has indicated that he does not intend pursuing the matter further.

"One just has to assume that people live in accordance with the law. I have not undertaken to begin asking asking these kinds of questions," he said.

The issue returned to the top of the agenda late last week when Reinfeldt's new state secretary, Nicola Clase, was revealed to have paid 60,000 kronor ($9,200) for domestic services without any paperwork changing hands.

She is now joined by all three of Finance Minister Anders Borg's state secretaries - Ingemar Hansson, Hans Lindblad and Per Jansson -, as well as Labour Market Minister Sven Otto Littorin's aide Eva Uddén Sonnegård.

Ole Alterå is the only one of the Centre Party's seven state secretaries to have blotted his copybook, according to a party spokesman.

Two out of five Christian Democrats - Karin Johansson and Urban Karlström - admitted to circumventing the system.

The Liberal Party's aides were least inclined to reply, with only three out of six getting back to TT. Of these, two had confessions to make. Peter Honeth paid a cleaner cash-in-hand 15 years ago, while Christer Hallerby paid "black" money for childcare and home improvements in the 1980s and Helena Dyrssen paid for a cleaner in the 1990s.

Two out of five Christian Democrats - Karin Johansson and Urban Karlström - admitted to circumventing the system.

The Liberal Party's aides were least inclined to reply, with only three out of six getting back to TT. Of these, two had confessions to make. Peter Honeth paid a cleaner cash-in-hand 15 years ago, while Christer Hallerby paid "black" money for childcare and home improvements in the 1980s.

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