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Travel claims in 2013-14
F1415-056
Disclosure Date:1 Sep 2014
Categories: MPs' TRAVEL GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21 Section 22
Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you tell me how much each MP has claimed on expenses in the period April 2013 to April 2014 for the following:

  1. mileage - how many miles and how much mileage?
  2. parking charges - how much in parking charges?
  3. congestion charges - how much in congestion charges?
  4. train fares - how many journeys and how much in total?
  5. air travel - how many trips and how much spent in total?
Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

You may be aware that IPSA publishes all claims for business costs and expenses on our website every two months, three months in arrears. You can view the published information via this link to our publication website.

The following instructions may assist you in filtering the information:

  1. Select ‘Search Function’ via the menu bar at the top of the page
  2. Under ‘Select MP(s), Constituencies, Postcode or Region’ tick the box to select all MPs.
  3. Under ‘Select a year and, optionally, month(s)’, select 2013-14
  4. Under ‘Select category(s) of Business Cost or Expense’, select ‘Travel’.
  5. Under ‘Select type(s) of Business Cost or Expense’, select the expense type you are seeking information on.
  6. Click ‘Find’ to retrieve the results. You can export this data to a spreadsheet format via the link at the top right-hand corner of the page.

The FOIA states that information that is 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).

For your reference, the next publication date is 11 September 2014, which will cover those claims processed by IPSA during April and May 2014. Claims subsequently processed by IPSA will follow in future publications.

Some of the information you have requested is intended for publication at a future date. 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.