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Information relating to the publishing of MPs? staff salaries.
FOI066
Disclosure Date:27 Sep 2010
Categories: MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: Section 21
Request

I wish to submit a request for information relating to IPSA's intention to publish "a list of MPs’ staff paid from public funds, listed in terms of their job function, including salaries expressed in ranges of £5000. Names of staff will not be included, other than the names of connected parties employed by MPs and paid from public funds." following consultation on this issue during June/July 2010.

I would be grateful if you could supply the following:

  • Confirmation that IPSA sought guidance from the Information Commissioner on all aspects of this proposal (both publication of anonymised staff salary figures, and the names of connected parties)
  • Copies or details of any such guidance
  • Details of any statistical or other analysis of the responses to the consultation undertaken by IPSA, e.g. total number of respondents in favour of/opposed to the proposal.
Response

I can confirm that IPSA sought the views of the Information Commissioner on IPSA’s intention to publish anonymised staff salary figures and the names of connected parties as we are required to do so by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.

A copy of the Information Commissioner’s response to our Consultation on Publication can be found on the IPSA website (www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk) under the Publications section of the website. The document can be found under the following subheadings:

June 2010 Consultations> Consultation on Publication> Consultation Responses > Information Commissioner

You also requested any statistical or other analysis of the responses to the Consultation on Publication undertaken by IPSA in June 2010. A report on the outcome of IPSA’s Consultation on Publication is also available under the Publications section of the IPSA website. This can be found as follows:

June 2010 Consultations> Consultation on Publication> IPSA Report

This report looks at the consultation proposal, a summary of the responses and IPSA’s position, taking into consideration the responses received.

The information you have requested is therefore exempt under Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the Freedom of Information Act, because it is accessible to you, as it is already in the public domain.