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All receipts for 14-15
CAS-16671
Disclosure Date:11 Jun 2015
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Cost limit
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Reference

Request

CAS-16671

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by MPs for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial year 2014/15.

CAS-16675

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by MPs for their expenses and were declined as valid claims by Ipsa in the financial year 2014/15.

CAS-16676

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by Yvette Cooper for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial year 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16677

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by Liz Kendall MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16678

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted b Angus Roberston MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16679

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by John Bercow MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16680

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by David Cameron MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16681

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by George Osborne MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

CAS-16683

Please can you release to me copies of all receipts submitted by Theresa May MP for their expenses to Ipsa in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

We hold supporting documentation for all claims for business costs and expenses submitted by MPs since we were established in May 2010. Each piece of supporting documentation is held on our online system alongside the information entered manually by the MP (which is separately published on our website).

Each piece of supporting documentation must be located and extracted from the individual claim line in which they are held, which can take a significant amount of time when dealing with tens of thousands of individual claims. As such, we have carried out a test in order to estimate the time it would take to determine, locate, retrieve and extract the information you have requested in your requests of 20 May.

Under the terms of the FOIA, public authorities are not obliged to respond to requests where compliance would exceed the appropriate cost limit of £450 (part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act). Regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations[1] specifies that when a public authority is estimating whether the appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded, it can include the costs of complying with two or more requests, where they are:

  • made by one person, or by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign;
  • made for the same or similar information; and
  • received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive working days.You submitted nine requests on 20 May 2015. As such and pursuant to Regulation 5, we have aggregated the time that would be taken to deal with those requests for the purposes of determining whether the prescribed limit of 18 hours would be exceeded. We have estimated that extracting the information you have requested, as per the procedure described above, would considerably exceed the appropriate cost limit. Consequently, IPSA is not obliged to respond to these requests.

[1] Further information on the Fees Regulations can be found at the following address: https://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/fees