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All expense claims made by Scottish MPs in 2014-15
CAS-14050
Disclosure Date:23 Apr 2015
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: Section 21 Section 22
Request

I am seeking a copy of all the expenses claims filed in the most recent year figures are available (2014/15)

I would only like those claims pertaining to Scottish MP's and I would appreciate as much detail as possible.

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

IPSA publishes all claims made by MPs for business costs and expenses on a dedicated publication website. You can access the publication website via the following link: http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/

MPs may make a claim for the costs up to 90 days after the expenditure was incurred. So, an MP who incurs expenditure on the last day of the 2014-15 financial year, has until 28 June 2015 to submit a claim. This means many MPs will not yet have made all their claims relating to the 2014-15 financial year.                                                                 

Claims are published in two-month tranches, three months after they have been processed and validated. The next publication date is 14 May 2015, which will cover those claims processed by IPSA during December 2014 and January 2015. The full data for the 2014-15 financial year will be published on 10 September 2015.

In the meantime, you can view all claims made by Scottish MPs that have been published on our publication website. The following instructions may help you locate the information.

  1. Select ‘Data Downloads’ via the menu bar at the top of the page.
  2. Select a financial year. This will open a spreadsheet containing all claims made by every MP in that financial year.
  3. You can use the spreadsheet to filter for those MPs you are seeking information on.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. As details of all claims submitted by Scottish MPs are already available on our website, they are exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).

I noted earlier that some claims are due to be published in the future. You can view our publication schedule on our website, via the following link: http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/files/Publication_dates.pdf

Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is also 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.