Please release to me copies of all receipts for expenses submitted by Andy Burnham MP for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
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 takes a significant amount of time.
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 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.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
We received 10 requests from individuals at the Daily Telegraph on 20 May 2015. Pursuant to Regulation 5 we have aggregated these requests, in order to estimate whether the appropriate limit would be breached. 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, alongside that of the other 10 requests. We have estimated that extracting the information, as per the procedure described above, would considerably exceed the appropriate cost limit. Consequently, IPSA is not obliged to respond to these requests.