‘Please can I have a list of all expenses claimed for every MP that covers THANET (over the last 2 years) in Kent within 20 working days.’
IPSA holds the information that you request.
IPSA publishes all claims for business costs and expenses on our website every two months, three months in arrears. You may view the published information via this link to our publication website. The next publication date is 11 July 2013, which covers those claims processed by IPSA during February and March 2013. Claims subsequently processed by IPSA will follow in future publications.
The following instructions may assist you in filtering the information:
- Select ‘Search Function’ via the menu bar at the top of the page
- Under ‘Select MP(S), Constituencies, Postcode or Region’ select the respective MP
- Under ‘Select a year and, optionally, month(s)’ select the financial year you would like to view
- Under ‘Select category(s) of Business Cost or Expense’ choose the option to ‘Select All’
- Under ‘Select type(s) of Business Cost of Expense’ choose the option to ‘Select All’
Alternatively, you can use the ‘Interactive Map’ feature to geographically select the constituency you are looking from a map of the UK. You may view this via the following link: http://parliamentary-standards.org.uk/InteractiveMap.aspx
The FOIA states that information that is easily accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available on our website it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).
Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is exempt from release.
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 a full list rather than on an ad hoc basis, as in this way a clear and complete set of information is published, avoiding any potential confusion. It is for this reason that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this stage.