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MPs' involved in criminal or civil legal cases and amounts claimed since Jan 2015
CAS-40614
Disclosure Date:25 Feb 2016
Categories: GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied: None
Request

Please could I respectfully request the disclosure of the statistics of how many current Members of Parliament in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have been charged with any breach of Civil Law, or any Criminal Offence, for petty crime, financial crimes, inter-personal crimes (eg assault/ harassment), road traffic crime (speeding, drink driving etc).    

Please can I also respectfully request how many MPs are defendants in law suits, and how many have directly or indirectly bankrupted a business.

Please could I also respectfully request the total cost of expenses claimed by all Members of the House of Parliament and the House of Lords from the 1st January 2015 to the 1st January 2016.

 

Response

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) was created by Parliament under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 to independently oversee and regulate MPs’ expenses. IPSA has two main roles: regulating the business costs and expenses system for MPs and administering and paying MPs’ expenses, pay and pensions.

We publish details of all claims for business costs and expenses claimed by MPs on our publication website: http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/. You can use this site to search for details of all claims made by MPs since 1 January 2015. The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available on our website, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).

IPSA does not hold any information relating to civil or criminal offences MPs have been charged with or whether MPs are defendants in court cases. IPSA does not hold any information relating to the House of Lords. For Freedom of Information requests relating to the House of Lords, you will need to contact the House of Lords Administration. You can contact their FOI team at the following email address: foilords@parliament.uk, or by writing to House of Lords Information Office, London SW1A 0PW.

Further, responsibility for the MPs’ Code of Conduct and the Register of Financial Interest lies with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. You can find contact details for the Parliamentary Commissioner at the following address: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-interests/pcfs/.