I'd like information on all expenses claimed by Marcus Jones, the Conservative MP for Nuneaton from 2010 onwards. I'd also like to know if Marcus has declared that he is serving, working for, or declared any ties to any organisations.
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/
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 Mr Jones that have been published on our publication website. The following instructions may help you locate the information.
- Select ‘Data Downloads’ via the menu bar at the top of the page.
- Select a financial year. This will open a spreadsheet containing all claims made by every MP in that financial year.
- 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 Mr Jones 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.
IPSA is responsible only for administering and regulating claims made by MPs under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses and does not therefore hold information on MPs’ outside interests.
The Register of Members’ Financial Interests is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (‘the Commissioner’), within the House of Commons. You can find out more about the work of the Commissioner on her website, via the following address: http://www.parliament.uk/pcs.
Copies of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests can be found on Parliament’s website, at the following address: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-financial-interests/parliamentary-commissioner-for-standards/registers-of-interests/.
For any further information relating to MPs’ outside interests, you should contact the Commissioner, via firstname.lastname@example.org.