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Invoices for claims by Diane Abbott for professional services
CAS-74849
Disclosure Date:6 Apr 2017
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' OFFICE COSTS MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: Section 31 Section 40
Request

Please provide the receipts submitted for three claims by Diane Abbott MP, below. Please redact any information you are not allowed to release under your rules.

Date

Form No.

Category

Expense Type

Notes

Reimbursed

10/10/2016

0000535128

Office Costs Expenditure

Professional Services

fees due for writing and research

832.00

15/11/2016

0000544101

Office Costs Expenditure

Professional Services

november

832.00

15/11/2016

0000544102

Office Costs Expenditure

Professional Services

research quantitative

754.00

Response

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), claims for reimbursement must be supported by evidence. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website every two months, three months after the claims have been processed by IPSA. You can find details of all claims made by Diane Abbott on our website via this link.

Under the Scheme, Staffing or Office Costs can be claimed for payments for bought-in services (‘professional services’), where staffing services are provided by companies, self-employed individuals or others not on the payroll.

The following details relating to this claim have already been published. Please use the links to view copies of the associated invoices.

Date

Form No.

Expense Type

Notes

Reimbursed

View invoice

10/10/2016

0000535128

Professional Services

fees due for writing and research

832.00

Click here

15/11/2016

0000544101

Professional Services

november

832.00

Click here

15/11/2016

0000544102

Professional Services

research quantitative

754.00

Click here

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld account numbers, invoice numbers and other information relating to the financial transactions contained within the invoices under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. We have withheld details which, if disclosed, may compromise the personal or financial security of the MP or their staff. 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 personal 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.