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Invoices submitted by Johnny Mercer for office costs, website hosting and a copy of the constituency office lease
CAS-95862
Disclosure Date:17 Nov 2017
Categories: COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES MPs' OFFICE COSTS
Exemptions Applied: Section 38 Section 40 Section 31
Request
  1. Please supply the tenancy agreement for the constituency office for Johnny Mercer MP, covering the period from January 2017 to June 2017
  2. Please supply the invoices relating to the following claims made by Johnny Mercer MP, Plymouth Moor View

 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

As you may be aware, we publish details of all claims made by MPs for business costs and expenses on our website at the following address: http://www.theipsa.org.uk/mp-costs. The following details of the claims specified in your request have already been published.

Financial year

Date

Claim number

Details

Amount (£)

15_16

21/12/2015

476084

Website - Hosting

10.10

16_17

28/04/2016

502107

Const Office Tel. Usage/Rental

660.40

16_17

15/09/2016

528496

Const Office Tel. Usage/Rental

367.98

16_17

01/11/2016

543935

Internet Usage/Rental

98.98

16_17

07/02/2017

562969

Const Office Tel. Usage/Rental

97.22

16_17

06/03/2017

565991

Const Office Tel. Usage/Rental

97.22

16_17

01/05/2016

509155

Website - Hosting

7.49

16_17

02/05/2016

509155

Website - Hosting

7.49

16_17

17/05/2016

509155

Website - Hosting

10.10

16_17

03/01/2017

558959

Website - Hosting

22.2

16_17

16/02/2017

565087

Website - Hosting

3.32

16_17

07/03/2017

570983

Website - Hosting

11.53

16_17

28/04/2016

502107

Website - Design/Production

 240

16_17

22/06/2016

 512826

Professional Services

240 

16_17

13/09/2016

 528496

Professional Services

 240

17_18

12/04/2017

 573961

Professional Services

 390

17_18

26/04/2017

 577234

Website - Design/Production

 300

Please click here to download [.zip] copies of the invoices submitted in support of these claims. A small amount of information has been redacted from these invoices. Further information on information which is exempt from disclosure can be found below.

You also requested a copy of the tenancy agreement for Mr Mercer’s constituency office, covering the period from January 2017 to June 2017. Please click here to view a copy of this agreement. As above, we have withheld some personal information from this document, alongside information which, if disclosed, could prejudice the safety of individual(s). Further information can be found below.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld a small amount of information relating to the financial transaction 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. We consider that the withheld information, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice the financial or data security of the individuals concerned. We do not consider that the public interest in disclosure outweighs this risk. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the security of MPs and their staff outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Section 38 – health and safety

Some information has been withheld from the tenancy agreement 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. 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. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the personal safety of MPs’ outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information

Section 40 – personal information

We have also withheld some ‘personal data’ (as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)) from the disclosed information. 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.