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Invoices for office utility costs claimed by Ruth Smeeth
CAS-58963
Disclosure Date:6 Oct 2016
Categories: MPs' OFFICE COSTS COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied: Section 40 Section 31
Request

Under an above request could i request a copy of invoices/receipts provided for claim number 505446

 

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 by Ruth Smeeth for office utility costs.

Date

Category

Expense Type

Status

Reimbursed

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12/05/2016

Office Costs Expenditure

Const Office Gas

Allowed

195.36

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12/05/2016

Office Costs Expenditure

Const Office Electricity

Allowed

500.24

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12/05/2016

Office Costs Expenditure

Const Office Tel. Usage/Rental

Allowed

166.93

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Please use the links in the table above to view the requested invoices.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld the account number, invoice 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 40 – personal information

Some information relating to third-parties, such as addresses and the names of staff members, 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.