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Expenses claimed by Damian Collins MP in 2013/14
F1415-088
Disclosure Date:13 Nov 2014
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21
Request
  1. Details of travel costs between London and the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe including who was it for, the total number of trips, the mode of transport , the cost, and the approximate dates of each journey claimed.
  2. The total amount claimed in 2013/14 for items for his spouse or family.
  3. The total amount claimed and itemised for 2013/14 for his home registered in London.
  4. The total amount claimed and itemised for 2013/14 for his home registered in Elham in the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe.
  5. Any claims for trips overseas during 2013/14.

 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

IPSA publishes details of all claims for business costs and expenses on our website every other month. 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’, select an MP.
  3. Under ‘Select a year and, optionally, month(s)’, select a financial year.
  4. You can then narrow your search using the following filters.

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 8 January 2015, which will cover those claims processed by IPSA during August and September 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.