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Two receipts submitted by MPs for office costs and further information on claims for professional services
F1415-045
Disclosure Date:21 Aug 2014
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' STAFFING MPs' OFFICE COSTS
Exemptions Applied: Section 31
Request
  • Regarding the £4.70 expenses claim number 329900 from Stella Creasy from Asda, please provide a copy of the receipt. Please redact anything required to comply with your rules.
  • Regarding the £13.20 expenses claim number 335176 from Andy Burnham for 'refreshments', please provide a copy of the receipt. Please redact anything required to comply with your rules.
  • Regarding the £1,668 expenses claim number 329291 from Ed Balls for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the expenses claims numbers 345064 and 297943 from Charles Hendry for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the expenses claims numbers 343990 and 339639 from Cheryl Gillan for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £1774.32 expenses claim number 338565 from Claire Perry for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £3,300 expenses claim number 330990 from Edward Timpson for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £2,400 expenses claim number 329802 from Gloria De Piero for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £927.50 expenses claim number from 336579 from Jane Ellison for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the expenses claims numbers 344081 and 334660 from Luciana Berger for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £3250 expenses claim number 332592 from Nadhim Zahawi for 'proefessional services', to whom was the money paid?
  • Regarding the £484 expenses claim number 331169 from Shabana Mahmood for 'professional services', to whom was the money paid?
Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

With regards to your requests for copies of receipts, please find attached, at Annex A, an extracted copy of the receipts requested.

As you may be aware, IPSA does 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 www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk provides a significant amount of detail. It 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 table attached to this response (Annex A) provides the information released on IPSA’s publication website relating to these claims, as well as any additional information contained on the invoice and receipts held on record. Please note that in line with our stated publication policy, we have withheld payment details from the receipt. We have withheld this information 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 probable 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. It is for this reason that we have decided that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

You requested the names of a number of suppliers of professional services provided to MPs. As you may be aware, MPs are permitted, under chapter seven of the MPs Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), to claim staffing expenditure to meet the cost incurred in the provision of staff to assist with the performance of parliamentary functions. This includes the costs of payments for bought-in services; staffing services provided by companies, self-employed individuals or others not on the payroll, such as self-employed individuals providing staffing cover or individuals contracted to work on specific research projects (amongst many other examples). Please find at Annex B the information requested.

Annex A

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

0000329900

Name of Member:

Stella Creasy

Financial Year:

2013-14

Expense Category:

Office Costs

Expense type:

Hospitality

Amount:

£4.70

Status:

Paid

Transaction date:

06/12/2013

Short Description:

01 2014 office costs

Details:

Asda

Additional information extracted from receipt and releasable under the FOI Act

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Terms and conditions apply

 

THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT ASDA

 

[ASDA Price logo]

 

ASDA SAVING YOU MONEY EVERY DAY

 

ASDA STORES LTD.

WWW.ASDA.COM

MANAGER ADAM GATTO

TELEPHONE 02085097700

ST. 4691 OP. 00009032 TE 32 TR 04401

CUPS

506014892028

£1.50V

MILK

000001033708

£1.00D

COFFEE

505244977119

£1.50D

ASDA TEA

000002045120

£0.70D

 

TOTAL

£4.70

 

CASH

£10.00

 

CHANGE DUE

£5.30

 

No. ITEMS SOLD 4

TC# 8779 8722 4248 4793 6221

[BARCODE]

 

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06/12/13 09:28:51

 

 

 

Information published on IPSA website

Claim ref no:

0000335176

Name of Member:

Andy Burnham

Financial Year:

2013-14

Expense Category:

Office Costs

Expense type:

Hospitality

Amount:

£13.20

Status:

Paid

Transaction date:

24/01/2014

Short Description:

Office Costs January 2014

Details:

Refreshments

Additional information extracted from receipt and releasable under the FOI Act

PAID 6.02.14

 

Invoice                                                                                                                        Wigan Council

                                                         27

Mr A Burnham MP

[Address redacted]

 

Customer ID

104263

Invoice No.

71216332001

Invoice Date

24/01/2014

Due Date

24/01/2014

Subscription Ref

 

Sales

01942 705065

 

Description

No. Of Units

Price per Unit

VAT Rate

Amount (£)

Catering Charges

PROVISION OF FLAVIA TOKENS

02/12/13

20 TOKENS

1.00

11.00

20.0

11.00

If you have any query about the the nature or amount of the invoice please contact Metrofresh on 01942 705080.

Total Net (£)

Total VAT (£)

Total Amount (£)

11.00

2.20

13.20

 

Remittance Advice (Email: [Redacted])

Customer Name Mr A Burnham MP

Invoice No. [Redacted]                                                                            [BARCODE]

Total Due (£) 13.20

 

Wigan Council, Civic Centre, Millgate, Wigan, Lancashire, WN1 1YD

Payment Enquiries Email: incomegroup@wigan.gov.uk

Web site: ww.wigan.gov.uk VAT Reg. No. GB152 904 376

 

Annex B

Information published on our website

Information released under your requests

MP Name

Claim number

Supplier name

Ed Balls

329291

Gordon and Phillips Words and Pictures Company LTD

Charles Hendry

345064

Wealden Constituency Conservative Association

Charles Hendry

297943

Wealden Constituency Conservative Association

Cheryl Gillan

343990

Mrs JLM Mackenzie

Cheryl Gillan

339639

EJC Advisory 

Claire Perry

338565

Devizes Constituency Conservative Association

Edward Timpson

330990

By&Large Parliamentary Admin Services

Gloria De Piero

329802

Parliamentary Research Service

Jane Ellison

336579

Lindsay Kirkby

Luciana Berger

344081

Paul Richards Communications Ltd.

Luciana Berger

334660

Paul Richards Communications Ltd.

Nadhim Zahawi

332592

IT-Xtreme

Shabana Mahmood

331169

Elaine Mitchell