Tony Blair dodged possible fire over his housing deals after hundreds of expenses claims were 'accidentally' shredded.
Documents itemising some of the then Prime Minister's receipts for 2001-02 were destroyed by Commons officials 'by mistake'.
It covered a period when he claimed for Myrobella, his Sedgefield constituency home.
It was already known that Mr Blair claimed £43,029 over a three-year period up to 2003-04.But it was not known what the money was spent on.
The former Premier's financial affairs have long been under the spotlight.
A receipt-by-receipt breakdown of his expenses claims published last year showed he had remortgaged Myrobella for £296,000, almost ten times what he paid for it, months before he bought a London town house for £3.65million.
The details were only published following a four-year freedom of information battle.
But the 'black hole' in Mr Blair expenses claims raise questions over what details the destroyed documents might have contained.
To increase suspicions, Westminster officials shredded the files even though they were the subject to an ongoing legal challenge.
The shredder has since been promoted I bet!