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Receipts submitted by Jeremy Hunt, Simon Danczuk, Elfyn Llwyd, Mark Pritchard and Ronnie Campbell
CAS-30307
Disclosure Date:2 Nov 2015
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 40
Request

Could I request receipts/ documentation for the following claims please?

MP Name

Date of claim

Claim number

Type

Jeremy Hunt

27/10/2014

390038

Health and Welfare Costs

Jeremy Hunt

01/11/2014

390038

Health and Welfare Costs

Simon Danczuk

02/12/2014

401353

Food & Drink @ Parlmnt OFF Est

Elfyn Llwyd

14/08/2014

380426

Hotel NOT London Area (Travel)

Mark Pritchard

23/09/2014

385659

Hotel Outside UK

Ronnie Campbell

27/10/2014

389101

Food & Drink @ Parlmnt OFF Est

Response

I will take your requests for information in turn.

 

MP Name

Date of claim

Claim number

Type

Jeremy Hunt

27/10/2014

390038

Health and Welfare Costs

Jeremy Hunt

01/11/2014

390038

Health and Welfare Costs

Simon Danczuk

02/12/2014

401353

Food & Drink @ Parlmnt OFF Est

Elfyn Llwyd

14/08/2014

380426

Hotel NOT London Area (Travel)

Mark Pritchard

23/09/2014

385659

Hotel Outside UK

Ronnie Campbell

27/10/2014

389101

Food & Drink @ Parlmnt OFF Est

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), all claims for reimbursement under the Scheme must be supported by evidence. You can view a copy of the Scheme on our website via this link. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

Please use the links provided in the table above to view the invoices and receipts submitted to us by the MPs in support of the claims specified in your request (Annexes A to E – click on the MP’s name above to view the receipt). 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.

MP Name

Date of claim

Claim number

Type

Ronnie Campbell

02/06/2014

364148

Own Vehicle Car

IPSA does not hold supporting documentation for this expense type.

Under the Scheme, an MP undertaking a journey by private transport (as the driver) in exercise of his or her parliamentary functions can be reimbursed for the mileage costs in accordance with rates set out in IPSA’s guidance (which are set by Parliament and administered by HMRC). It is not possible to provide documentation in support of a journey of this nature, and it is not therefore required by IPSA.