Could you give me details of all food and drink expenses claimed by the 59 members of parliament from Scottish constituencies.
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 locating the information:
- Select ‘Search Function’ via the menu bar at the top of the page.
- Select an MP(s), Constituency, Postcode or Region.
- Select a year and, optionally, month(s).
- Select a category of Business Cost or Expense.
- Select a type of Business Cost or Expense.
- Click ‘Find’ to retrieve the information.
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 12 March 2015, which will cover those claims processed by IPSA during October and November 2014. Claims subsequently processed by IPSA will follow in future publications.
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.