Statistics relating to MPs' staff
You requested a large quantity of statistical information relating to MPs staff members, including statistical analysis of salaries, job titles, duration of employment, the number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) and other categories of analysis.
I can confirm that IPSA holds some of the information that falls within the description specified in your request. However, the information we hold is not in a form that can easily answer the fourteen questions raised within your e-mail.
IPSA holds information relating to approximately 2,900 MPs’ staff members. The information we hold is sorted in terms of post-holders and staff employed by individual MPs, not by the number of FTEs or job titles. In order to provide you with the information you are seeking, we would need to convert all post-holder information on our system to statistics for FTEs and job titles before we are able to provide the analysis you require. Given the turnover of MPs’ staff, any former calculations of FTE would need to be repeated for the current staff set.
We estimate that to extract the information and present it in the form you have requested would cost more than the appropriate limit in staff time (at a rate of £25 per hour). The appropriate limit is set at £450 (Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the FOIA). This represents the estimated cost of determining whether IPSA holds the information, and of locating, retrieving and extracting it. Consequently, IPSA is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to respond to your request (see section 12(1)).
We have released information relating to MPs’ staffing as part of recent Freedom of Information disclosures. The FOI disclosure log and attachments can be found on the IPSA website. You may find some of the information contained within these files relevant to your request.
The Policy Team at IPSA has also completed some analysis of MPs’ staffing information, including information on FTEs, as part of IPSA’s Annual Review of the MPs’ Scheme of Expenses and Costs. This can be found on IPSA’s website.
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- December 14, 2011
- MPs' STAFFING
- Exemptions Applied:
- Cost limit