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Invoices for accommodation and travel claims made by Naz Shah MP
CAS-48538
Disclosure Date:27 May 2016
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 38
Request

Under an above request could you please provide a copy of the invoices/receipts provided on claim 440879

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 on our publication website relating to this claim.

Date

Category

Expense Type

Status

Reimbursed

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10/06/2015

Accommodation

Accommodation Rent

Allowed

515.00

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10/06/2015

Accommodation

Accommodation Rent

Allowed

515.00

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11/06/2015

Accommodation - Hotels

Hotel London Area

Allowed

381.00

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17/06/2015

Accommodation - Hotels

Hotel London Area

Allowed

318.96

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19/06/2015

Travel

Public Tr RAIL - RTN

Allowed

98.40

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22/06/2015

Accommodation - Hotels

Hotel London Area

Allowed

268.00

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22/06/2015

Accommodation - Hotels

Hotel London Area

Allowed

109.00

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Please click the links to view the invoices.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld the invoice number, booking number and other information relating to the financial transaction contained within the invoice 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 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 38 – Health and safety

We have withheld the specific location of hotels utilised by the MP under Section 38(1)(b) (Health and safety) 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, endanger the safety of any individual. 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 likely that this information could be used to endanger the safety of the individuals who rely upon these locations for accommodation on a regular basis. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of this information there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that as an organisation we are able to protect our service users from threats to their safety. This is also in line with our stated publication policy. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the personal safety of MPs’ outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.