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Invoices submitted by Ben Howlett
CAS-33970
Disclosure Date:4 Dec 2015
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' OFFICE COSTS
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 40
Request

could I request a copy of the invoice/receipt provided claims made by Mr Ben Howlett MP with reference numbers:  445923

 

Response

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.

The following information has already been published relating to claim reference 445923.

Form No.

Date

Expense Type

Reimbursed

Status

0000445923

07/07/2015

Water

8.33

Repaid by MP

0000445923

29/06/2015

Council Tax

95.85

Allowed

0000445923

29/06/2015

Council Tax

95.84

Not Claimed

0000445923

07/07/2015

Water

25.00

Repaid by MP

0000445923

20/07/2015

Other

2.75

Repaid by MP

0000445923

02/07/2015

Congestion Zone/Toll

11.50

Allowed

0000445923

07/07/2015

Water

16.67

Not Claimed

0000445923

13/07/2015

Office Furn Purch StartUp

425.00

Allowed

0000445923

14/07/2015

Software Purchase

19.95

Allowed

0000445923

16/07/2015

Tel/Mobile Purch StartUp

89.99

Allowed

0000445923

16/07/2015

Shredder Purch Startup

448.74

Allowed

0000445923

16/07/2015

Const Office Cleaning

11.70

Allowed

0000445923

17/07/2015

Office Furn Purch StartUp

109.99

Allowed

0000445923

17/07/2015

Office Furn Purch StartUp

988.75

Allowed

0000445923

17/07/2015

Office Furn Purch StartUp

176.97

Allowed

0000445923

20/07/2015

Office Furn Purch StartUp

80.00

Allowed

0000445923

20/07/2015

Furniture Purchase

62.96

Allowed

0000445923

20/07/2015

Furniture Purchase

54.98

Allowed

0000445923

20/07/2015

Const Office Cleaning

10.70

Allowed

0000445923

21/07/2015

Waste Disposal

176.50

Allowed

0000445923

22/07/2015

Furniture Purchase

-54.98

Allowed

0000445923

23/07/2015

Security

24.00

Allowed

0000445923

23/07/2015

Newspapers/Journals

39.00

Allowed

Please click here to download all invoices and receipts submitted to us by Mr Howlett in support of the claims specified in your request. 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.

A small amount information, such as the names and signatures of third-parties, is ‘personal data’, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As such, we have withheld such information in accordance with section 40 of the FOIA. For reference, section 40(2) provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if disclosure would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the DPA, where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. You can find out more information about personal data and FOI via guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on their website: http://ico.org.uk.