Agreements between IPSA and the Information Commissioner's Office on IPSA's publication scheme

Request

I would like to see any written agreements that have been struck between IPSA and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) regarding the release of information by IPSA, from before IPSA’s launch up to the present day – including but not limited to agreements concerning IPSA’s publication scheme, its approach to handling FOIA requests, and its approach to disclosing the receipts submitted by MPs to support their expenses claims.

I would also like to see any correspondence, minutes of meetings or notes of meetings between ICO officials and IPSA officials, from before IPSA’s launch up to the present day, concerning IPSA’s policy on the release of information.


Response

We have conducted a thorough search of our electronic records and hardcopy files relating to the information that you have requested.  The information that we hold is summarised as follows and is attached to this letter:

Where any of the information that we hold makes reference to junior members of staff, we have redacted the names of those individuals.  In IPSA’s view, that information is exempt under section 40 (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as it constitutes personal data.

Section 40(2) provides that personal data about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. For further information, please visit the following website: 

www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents.

It is worth noting that some historical data that relate to staff members who are no longer employed by IPSA may not be available.  It is our policy that following the departure of an employee, the relevant data is stored for three months to allow for archiving, if appropriate.  After three months, the data that is not archived is deleted permanently.

Ref:
FOI2012-A037
Disclosure:
May 22, 2012
Categories:
IPSA - OPERATIONS
Exemptions Applied:
Section 40