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Expenses and rental claims made by Chris Grayling
F1314-054
Disclosure Date:10 Jul 2013
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21 Section 22
Request
  1. All expenses claimed by the Rt Honourable Chris Grayling (Justice Minister) between 2009 – to date 2013 including a breakdown of these expenses. Please provide confirmation of expenses that were not justified by the relevant bodies, and as such not claimed.
  2. Confirmation of properties owned, rented or of an interest to the above minister, and their locations (including postcodes).
  3. Confirmation of expenses relating to properties owned, rented or of an interest to the above minister and a breakdown of such expenses.
Response

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 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.

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.

 

However, as you will see from the information published on our website, Mr Grayling has not claimed business costs and expenses relating to accommodation expenditure.  We can confirm that Mr Grayling does not currently have a property registered with IPSA for the purpose of claiming business costs and expenses.

 

Further, IPSA is not responsible for the financial interests of Members of Parliament.  This information is administered by the House of Commons, and is available via the following link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem.htm