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Invoices for six not paid claims by MPs
CAS-26644
Disclosure Date:23 Sep 2015
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 40
Request

Copies of the receipts and/or other supporting documents that were submitted regarding the following expenses claims (all of which were rejected and not paid):

Date

Claim No.

MP's Name

Expense Type

Details

Amount Claimed

Status

29/10/2014

401393

George Freeman

Website -

Design/Production

Website Maintenance October

360

Not Paid

22/09/2014

389383

Gordon

Henderson

Stationery Purchase

125x Christmas Cards

68.16

Not Paid

18/06/2014

370796

Eric Joyce

Hotel NOT London

Area

HOTEL [***] [***]

Lodging-Hotels,

Motels, Resorts

£186.00

Not Paid

10/07/2014

381687

Karl

McCartney

Stationery Purchase

Birthday Cards for new voters reaching the age of 18

210

Not Paid

07/01/2015

410584

Siân James

Hotel Late Sitting > 1.00

[***] [***] [***]

[***] Lodging-Hotels,

Motels, Resorts

300

Not Paid[1]

15/01/2015

412517

Paul

Blomfield

Food & Drink

25% share of costs of meal

15.28

Not Paid

 

Also, if possible, It would be great to have a copy of the correspondence sent to/from these MPs regarding these expenses claims - e.g. letters informing them that the claims will not be paid and any responses from the MPs. However, if this is isn't available then not to worry.

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

  • Copies of the receipts and/or other supporting documents that were submitted regarding the following expenses claims

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), all claims for reimbursement under the Scheme must be supported by evidence. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

Please find attached copies of all invoices and receipts submitted to us by the MPs in support of the claims specified in your request (Annexes A – F). For reference, we have withheld any personal information under section 40 of the FOIA, and a small amount of information under section 31 of the FOIA.

Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOIA states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) of crime. After considering the nature of the withheld information it is our opinion that were a disclosure to be made into the public domain it is probable that this information could be traced back to sensitive personal or commercial information which could be used for criminal activity. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of information relating to MPs’ expenses, there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that we are able to protect our service users from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the security of MPs and their property outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Section 40(2) provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. For further information, you may wish to visit the UK Legislation website.

  • Also, if possible, It would be great to have a copy of the correspondence sent to/from these MPs regarding these expenses claims - e.g. letters informing them that the claims will not be paid and any responses from the MPs. However, if this is isn't available then not to worry.

The ICO have confirmed to us in a previous decision notice relating to Data Protection that MPs’ ‘dealings with IPSA over expense claims’ are their personal data. As such, disclosure of correspondence sent from and to IPSA’s validators would be unlikely to satisfy a valid condition in schedule 2 of the DPA for disclosing these MPs’ personal data to third parties.

However, for each claim, we are able to provide the general reason for why the claim was not paid. Please find at Annex G, below, a summary of the information already published on our website relating to each claim alongside a summary of the reason why the claim was not paid.

Please note that in the instance of Siân James, a review of the determination was requested, and the claim was subsequently paid in full. This is due to be reflected on the publication website in the next round of publications.

Annex G

INFORMATION PUBLISHED ON OUR PUBLICATION WEBSITE 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DISCLOSED UNDER FOI

Date

Claim No.

MP's Name

Expense Type

Details

Amount Claimed

Status

29/10/2014

401393

George Freeman

Website -

Design/Production

Website Maintenance October

360

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

Political content contained on website.

22/09/2014

389383

Gordon

Henderson

Stationery Purchase

125x Christmas Cards

68.16

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

Christmas cards are not a permitted expense.

18/06/2014

370796

Eric Joyce

Hotel NOT London

Area

HOTEL [***] [***]

Lodging-Hotels,

Motels, Resorts

£186.00

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

The amount claimed exceeded the daily rate of £120. £186 represents the amount over the daily rate which was not paid.

10/07/2014

381687

Karl

McCartney

Stationery Purchase

Birthday Cards for new voters reaching the age of 18

210

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

18th Birthday cards are not a permitted expense.

07/01/2015

410584

Siân James

Hotel Late Sitting > 1.00

[***] [***] [***]

[***] Lodging-Hotels,

Motels, Resorts

300

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

[1]

Initially claimed under wrong expense type. Claim subsequently paid in full following review.

 15/01/2015 

412517

Paul Blomfield 

Food & Drink

25% share of costs of meal 

 15.28

Not Paid - Not Under Scheme

Travel related to a delegation to an international assembly is not claimable from IPSA.

 

[1] The claim was initially not paid, but following a review the claim was paid in full. This will be reflected on the publication website in the next publication round.