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Rejected expense claims made in February 2013
F1314-031
Disclosure Date:20 May 2013
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21 Section 22
Request

Details of rejected expenses claims made in February 2013. Please provide the name of the MP, the date of the claim, what the claim was for, how much the claim was for, and why it was rejected.

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

 

We publish details of all claims made by MPs every two months on our publication website, which includes details of the paid status of each claim.   This can be found via this link to our publication website.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means or that is intended for future publication is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested (relating to the second part of your request) is either already available on our website or will shortly be published on our website, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means) and under Section 22(1) of the FOIA (Information intended for future publication).

 

In reaching our decision to withhold information intended for future publication under section 22, as required by the FOIA, 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 an ad hoc basis, as this way a clear and complete set of information is published, which should also avoid causing confusion. It is for these stated reasons that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

The latest details published on our website on 9 May 2013 include those claims processed between December 2012 and January 2013.  The next publication date is 11 July 2013, which will cover those claims processed by IPSA between February and March 2013.

 

The following steps will assist you in locating the information:

  1. Click the tab ‘Search Function’
  2. Select an MP or tick the box to retrieve information on all MPs
  3. Select a financial year and the paid status of the claim.
  4. Select category(s) of Business Cost or Expense
  5. Select type(s) of Business Cost or Expense, and then click ‘Find’
  6. This data should now be exported as an Excel spreadsheet, via the link in the upper right-hand corner.

 

Please note, in order to view the reason that any particular claim was not paid, you will need to export the data into an excel spreadsheet, where the full data we publish is viewable.