Internal documentation relating to MPs renting offices from constituency parties

Request

Access to and copies of all documents, including emails, meeting reports, minutes, emails and official communications relating to consideration of the issue of MPs renting accommodation from their constituency parties and the possible abuse of this practice, from the establishment of IPSA until the introduction of a requirement for members to  provide a valuation of the market rate for the contract prepared by a valuer regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


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.

Ref:
FOI2012-A039
Disclosure:
May 23, 2012
Categories:
MPs' OFFICE COSTS
Exemptions Applied:
Section 40