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Receipt for claim by Alison McGovern for advertising
CAS-27944
Disclosure Date:2 Oct 2015
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 31
Request

Could I call under an above request for a copy of the receipt for claim number 423405 for a sum of £144

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

As you will be aware, we publish details of all claims made by MPs under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) on our publication website, http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk.

You can view a copy of the Scheme on our website, at the following address: http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/IPSAMPs/Scheme/Documents/MPs%27%20Scheme%20of%20Business%20Costs%20and%20Expenses%20Seventh%20Edition%20(2015-16).pdf

Paragraph 1.1 of the Scheme states that all claims for reimbursement under the Scheme must be supported by evidence. Under Chapter Six of the Scheme, Office Costs Expenditure (OCE) is provided to meet the costs of equipping an MP’s office, where the costs are incurred in the exercise of an MP’s parliamentary functions.

The following information relating to the claim has been published on our publication website.

MP Name

Expense Category

Expense Type

Date

Amount

Claim status

Alison McGovern

Office Costs

Advertising

18/05/2014

£144.00

Paid

Please click here to view the receipt provided to IPSA by Ms McGovern in support of the claim.

We have withheld the personal address of the MP, as well as the invoice number and reference. We have withheld this information under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) or 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 all 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.