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Receipts for expenses claimed by Andrew Mitchell
FOI107
Disclosure Date:23 Dec 2010
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 22 Section 31 Section 36 Section 40
Request

Please publish on the IPSA website, receipts for all expenses claimed by Andrew Mitchell MP, whether refused or accepted, from when IPSA took over responsibility for paying claims. Should the time taken (and hence expense) of this request exceed the limit, please publish as many receipts as possible, whilst not exceeding the amount of time that it would take.

Response

Your request for information has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

You have specifically requested the following information “please publish on the IPSA website, receipts for all expenses claimed by Andrew Mitchell MP, whether refused or accepted, from when IPSA took over responsibility for paying claims. Should the time taken (and hence expense) of this request exceed the limit, please publish as many receipts as possible, whilst not exceeding the amount of time that it would take.”

IPSA releases details about MPs’ expense claims paid under the new, independent regime on IPSA’s dedicated publication website www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk as a matter of routine. The first tranche of expense claims, covering claims processed from 7 May to 31 August, were published on the 2 December 2010. 

Details of any expense claims submitted by Mr Mitchell and processed in September and October 2010 will be published on the IPSA website on Thursday 3 February 2011. Claims processed in November and December 2010 will be published on Thursday 7 April 2011. Details of any claims not paid by IPSA for Mr Mitchell will also be published on these dates. Therefore, IPSA have taken the view that the information you have requested is exempt under Section 22(1) of the FOIA (Information intended for future publication). We have considered whether the public interest in releasing the information outweighs the application of the exemption. It is our opinion that the public interest is best served by publishing the information at set dates, rather than on a piecemeal basis, which will mean that a clear and complete set of information is published, and will also avoid causing confusion. It is for these stated reasons that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

Claims made between 7 May and 14 September which were not approved for reimbursement will not be published proactively. Sir Scott Baker, the member of IPSA designated by the Lord Chancellor as the Qualified Person under s.36(5)(o)(iii) of the Freedom of Information Act, has conducted the public interest balancing exercise in relation to the engagement of the exemption at s.36(2)(c) (prejudicial to the effective conduct of public affairs) of the Act. It is his opinion that certain forms of adverse effect would or would be likely to follow from a full disclosure of the information you request.  

There is a legitimate interest in the public knowing whose claims were not approved for reimbursement and the reasons why. However, it is also very important and in the public interest that there is a satisfactory and effective working relationship between MPs and IPSA in implementing the new expenses regime. In July IPSA wrote to MPs announcing that we would not publish details of claims that were not allowed in the period between May and mid-September, in recognition of the need to give MPs time to become accustomed to the new rules and the online expenses system, unless there had been clear attempts to transgress the rules. In recognition of this need to give all parties time to adjust to the new rules and system, publication of this information would, in Sir Scott’s view, damage the working relationship between MPs and IPSA. Sir Scott has therefore concluded that there is a greater public interest in withholding this information than there is in its release. Please note that details of all claims made from 15 September onwards will be published in February and April, including those that have not been approved for reimbursement. Each claim not paid will cite a reason.

If you require further information once the data is published, please contact us to request the information.  

IPSA will not, as a matter of course, publish images of receipts or invoices supporting claims. We believe that the information we proactively publish on IPSA’s Publication website provides significant amount of detail and gives a clear picture of what MPs are claiming for and affords reassurance that claims are both appropriate for MPs to carry out their parliamentary functions, and in accordance with the rules set out in the MPs’ Expenses Scheme. 

The tables detailing information released on IPS’s publication website relating to the claims, as well as additional information contained on the invoices are at Appendix A. Please note, the telephone number and account/bill number of Mr Mitchell have been withheld as have the address details of Mr Mitchell’s constituent as they constitute personal information and therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (personal information) of the FOI Act. Section 40(2) states that personal data about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA),where it would be unfair to that person/is confidential. The information has been provided in the expectation that it will not be released into the public domain. To do so, would therefore be unfair and outside of both the individual’s legitimate expectations.

We have withheld the invoice numbers, BACS codes and account numbers. This information has been withheld under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) or crime. 

After considering the nature of the withheld information it is our opinion that were a disclosure to be made into the public domain it is likely that this information could be traced back to sensitive personal or commercial information which could be used for criminal activity. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of invoice information there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that as an organisation we are able to protect our service users from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity, which is achieved through our capacity to withhold certain information from disclosure. It is for this reason that we have decided that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Appendix A

Tables detailing information published on the website and additional information contained on the invoices.

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

17554

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Payment Telephone/Mobile

Amount:

£130.50

Transaction date:

27/07/2010

Short Description:

telephone bill

Details:

ISDN Line

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

House of Commons

London

SW10 0AA

Name of supplier:

BT

Contact details of supplier:

Not included on invoice

 

Date of invoice:

11 July 2010

Invoice details:

 

Billing term:

Further information:

 

Net Amount:

VAT Amount:

 

VATable charges:

Charges at 17.5%:

Charges at 0%:

Total now due:

Due on:

 

 

1 Jul – 30 Sep

Rental charges; Payment charges; VAT

£103.41; £9.00

£18.00

 

£112.41

£103.41

£9.00

£130.50

22 July 2010

Other information on invoice:

BT

Date

11 July 2010

Your account and bill number

xxxxxxxxxxxx

Your phone number

xxxxxxxxxxxx

Bill totals

This is a summary of your main bill totals including VAT, where applicable and where to find information of each total.

 

Rental charges.......£103.41  see page 3

Payment charges....£9.00 see page 3

VAT........................£18.09 see page 3

Total now due          £130.50

 

Rental charges         £103.41

1 Jul – 30 Sep

 

Line rental                £103.41

 

 Date/period  Description     Cost

1 Jul – 30 Sep Line rental       103.41

 

Payment charges     £9.00

Payment processing fee

                                    £9.00

This charge has been made by BT Payment Services Ltd for processing your payment VAT is not applicable to this charge.

Description Payment processing fee

Cost  £9.00

 

VAT                              £18.09

This section is your VAT invoice

You should keep this section for tax purposes

VAT rate....Charge (exVAT)...Total VAT

17.5%.....£103.41.......£18.09 see page 3

0%            £9.00             £0.00 see page 3

        Total £112.41     Total £18.09

VATable charges       £112.41

Charges at 17.5 %     £103.41

Date/period  Description Charge (ex VAT)

1 Jul-30 Sep  Rental charges 103.41

Charges at 0%           £9.00

Line number    xxxxxxxxx

Date/period Description Charge (exVAT)

12Apr  Payment processing fee £9.00

 

BT Bringing it all together   680

Your account and bill number

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

MR A MITCHELL T/A

MP ANDREW MITCHELL MP

MP

HOUSE OF COMMONS

LONDON

SW10 0AA

Date 11 July 2010

If you have a query please see reverse for our contact details.

 

Total now due          £130.50

Please make sure we receive the total now due by 22 July 2010.

 

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·         You can find details of how to pay overleaf.

·         If appropriate, fill in the details on this payment slip.

·         Please don’t send cash by post.

·         Please quote ‘Your account number’ below on correspondence or remittance advices.

Bank giro credit ABC

 

Your account number

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Total now due: £130.50

 

Signature      Date

 

8944 0291 1929 4139 0211 7002

Bank details

25-27-23 Barclays PLC Automated Bulk Credit Clearing

BT 00-00

No. Cheques Fee

 

Cash

Cheques

£

Please do not fold, pin or staple this slip, or write below this line.

 

03 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx   130.50

 

 

Paid Ref: SS8216

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

17365

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Postage Purchase

Amount:

£4.39

Transaction date:

15/07/2010

Short Description:

Postage

Details:

next day delivery to constituent

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

House of Commons (No Public Access)

London

Greater London

SW10 0AA

Name of supplier:

Post Office

Contact details of supplier:

Not included on invoice

 

Date of invoice:

15/07/2010

 

Invoice details:

 

Date and time:

Session ID:

Dest:

Quantity:

Weight:

 

Special D by 1

 

PrePaidAmount

Total Cost of Services

 

 

 

 

15/07/2010  16.23

2 -6459

UK (EU)

1

0.032 kg

 

£0.00  £5.05

 

-£0.66

 £4.39

Other information on invoice:

Posted after Last Collection?    No

Barcode: ZW550789735GB

 

DESTINATION ADDRESS

Building Name or Number Postcode

xxxxxxxx              xxxxxxx

Address Validated?   Y

 

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU RETAIN THIS RECEIPT AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF POSTING

 

PLEASE REFER TO SEPERATE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

Special Delivery is an express next day service for the UK, offering a money back guarantee for delay and compensation for loss and damage to your item. Check delivery at www.postoffice.co.uk or call 08459 272100 quoting your ref number.

This is not a VAT Receipt

 

 

 

 

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

17414

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Professional Services

Amount:

£2408.75

Transaction date:

21/07/2010

Short Description:

outsourced research

Details:

Parliamentary Research Unit 2010

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

House of Commons (No Public Access)

London

Greater London

SW10 0AA

Name of supplier:

Parliamentary Resources Unit

Contact details of supplier:

East Cloister House of Commons London SW1A 0AA

Telephone 020 7219 0932

Fascimile    020 7219 0752

Website http://www.parliamentaryresources.com

Date of invoice:

30/7/2010

 

Invoice details:

 

Parliamentary Resources Unit

Subscription (pooled staffing resource)

10 May 2010 – 31 March 2011

 

Total Received

 

 

Net            VAT            VAT           Total

                   Rate         

£2050        17.5%        £358.75  £2408.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                      £2408.75

 

Other information on invoice:

 

 

 

NB This receipt must be submitted using the IPSA expense claims system within one month of any advance claim previously made for this payment.

 

 

 

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

3756

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Stationary Purchase

Amount:

£9.61

Transaction date:

04/06/2010

Short Description:

stationary

Details:

Stapler and pens

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

Andrew Mitchell MP

Sutton Coldfield

Room G4n – Shadow Cabinet Block

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

Name of supplier:

Banner Business Services Limited

 

Contact details of supplier:

Cashier

PO Box 524

St Crispins

Duke Street

Norwich NR3 1QU

 

Customer Services

Telephone No : 0845 712 5926

             Fax No : 0845 712 5927   

Date of invoice:

13/05/2010

 

Invoice details:

 

 

Line   Line Ref.   Product Code 

No.

1                                                    9290005  

2                                                    9240014

 

Product Description    Quantity

BANNER ABS FULL             1

STRIP STAPLER BALCK

BANNER FINELINER PEN   1

0.4mm RED

 

U.O.M.    Unit   Price 

STAPLR              4.0000

BOX10               4.1800

 

 

 

 

Tax Date  Line Total  VAT Line  VAT

                  excl   VAT   Rate

12/05/10          4.00   17.50      0.70

12/05/10          4.18   17.50      0.73

                                                     

 

Other information on invoice:

 

 

Invoice   Please see reverse for

                New Bank Details for

                Payments

COPY INVOICE NO xxxxxxxx

Invoice To :

 

Charge To :

 

Andrew Mitchell MP

Sutton Coldfield

Room 348

Portcullis House

London

SW1A 2LW

 

Page   1 of   1  Date 13/05/2010

 

Acc. No HOC476G

 

Order Date 11/05/2010

Order 00002332407

C.A.R.

 

Sales Order No : D5481637

Delivered To:

ANDREW MITCHELL MP

ANDREW MITCHELL MP

ROOM 348 PORTCULLIS HOUSE

HOUSE OF COMMONS

LONDON

SW1A 2LW

 

V.A.T Summary

Rate  Taxable Sum  V.A.T Amount

17.50  8.18                         1.43

VAT Registration : GB 731 8604 39

 

Sales Order Total (VAT excl)

 

Settlement           :  None

Discount Terms   :

 

8.18

INVOICE GOODS                 8.18

INVOICE V.A.T.                    1.43

 

INVOICE TOTAL                   9.61

 

 

PAYMENT SLIP

 

Please see reverse for terms of business and how to pay

 

 

Acc. No.   :  HOC476G

 

Inv.  No.   :  xxxxxxx

 

Inv. Date  : 13/05/2010

 

Amt. Due :  9.61

 

 

Please return the slip

 

from final page of invoice with your payment by

 

10/06/2010

 

 

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

6080

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Stationary Purchase

Amount:

£6.26

Transaction date:

10/06/2010

Short Description:

 

Details:

Address labels popper wallets

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

Andrew Mitchell MP

Sutton Coldfield

Room G4n – Shadow Cabinet Block

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

Name of supplier:

Banner Business Services Limited

 

Contact details of supplier:

Cashier

PO Box 524

St Crispins

Duke Street

Norwich NR3 1QU

 

Customer Services

Telephone No : 0845 712 5926

             Fax No : 0845 712 5927   

Date of invoice:

10/05/2010

 

Invoice details:

 

 

Line   Line Ref.   Product Code 

No.

1                                                    0073024 

2                                                    0403169

 

Product Description          Quantity

ADDRESS LABEL 102 x 49mm    2        

RAPESCO ECO POPPER WALLET 1

A4 CLEAR

U.O.M.    Unit   Price 

RL180                1.4000

PACKS                2.5300

 

 

 

 

Tax Date  Line Total  VAT Line  VAT

                  excl   VAT   Rate

09/06/10          2.80   17.50      0.49

09/06/10          2.53   17.50      0.44

                                                     

 

Other information on invoice:

 

 

Invoice   Please see reverse for

                New Bank Details for

                Payments

COPY INVOICE NO xxxxxxxx

Invoice To :

 

Charge To :

 

Andrew Mitchell MP

Sutton Coldfield

Room 348

Portcullis House

London

SW1A 2LW

 

Page   1 of   1  Date 10/06/2010

 

Acc. No HOC476G

 

Order Date 09/06/2010

Order 00002359580

C.A.R.

 

Sales Order No : D5532469

Delivered To:

ANDREW MITCHELL MP

ANDREW MITCHELL MP

ROOM 348 PORTCULLIS HOUSE

HOUSE OF COMMONS

LONDON

SW1A 2LW

 

V.A.T Summary

Rate  Taxable Sum  V.A.T Amount

17.50  5.33                         0.93

VAT Registration : GB 731 8604 39

 

Sales Order Total (VAT excl)

 

Settlement           :  None

Discount Terms   :

 

5.33

INVOICE GOODS                 5.33

INVOICE V.A.T.                    0.93

 

INVOICE TOTAL                   6.26

 

66/1

 

 

PAYMENT SLIP

 

Please see reverse for terms of business and how to pay

 

 

Acc. No.   :  HOC0476G

 

Inv.  No.   :  xxxxxxx

 

Inv. Date  : 10/06/2010

 

Amt. Due :  6.26

 

 

Please return the slip

 

from final page of invoice with your payment by

 

08/07/2010

 

 

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

17401

Name of Member:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP

Financial Year:

2010-11

Expense Category:

General Admin

Expense type:

Stationary Purchase

Amount:

£129.00

Transaction date:

01/07/2010

Short Description:

stationary

Details:

Overprinting of letterheads – Langford Printers

Additional information extracted from invoice and releasable under the FOI Act

Address invoice sent to:

The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP

House of Commons

London

SW10 0AA

 

Langford Printers

Contact details of supplier:

Unit 2, Chaucer Business Park, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6PL

T 01732 760400 F 01732 763104

langfordprinters@btconnect.com

W www.langfordprinters.co.uk

 

 

Date of invoice:

01/07/2010

Invoice details:

 

Invoice Number

 

Date / Tax Point

 

Account Number

 

Net Price

 

 

VAT

 

 

Further information:

 

Total Net

Total VAT

INVOICE TOTAL                               £

 

 

Xxxxxxxxx

 

01/07/2010

 

MITCHAND

 

90.00

20.00

 

15.75

   3.50

 

 

 

110.00

   19.25

129.25

Other information on invoice:

 

 

Invoice

 

Details

 

3000 x A4 Green House of Commons Letterheads

New Plate and Artwork Charge

 

Please make cheques payable to Langford Printers Limited.

If you wish to pay directly our banking details are as follows:

HSBC PLC, 249 High Street, Orpington, Kent BR6 0NR

Sort Code: xxxxxxx

Account Number: xxxxxxx

 

Delivery Address:

 

VAT Registration No. 792 1586 02

Company incorporation number 6766583

Registered office address, 132 Burnt Ash Road, Lee, London SE12 8PU

 

 

 

Paid Ref: 23 JUL 2010