Details of MPs renting out properties they own
IPSA holds some of the information that you request.
IPSA does not hold a list of MPs that own residences in London. Where a Member has made a claim under the MPs’ Scheme for Business Costs and Expenses (the Scheme) for mortgage interest subsidy, details of these claims are available on our website. You may view the published information by visiting our publication website. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards maintains and monitors the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, which, we understand, includes details of properties that are owned and rented out by Members. The Register of Members’ Financial Interests may be viewed via this link to the Commissioner’s website.
For information relating to the MPs’ rental arrangements, I can confirm that IPSA has already provided information relating to this under a previous FOI request (Reference FOI2012-A067a), which included information relating to details of all Members of Parliament who claim for rental accommodation under the Scheme and their landlord names. Where the published landlord name is a Member of Parliament, this is clearly marked.
Our response to FOI request reference FOI2012-A067a is published on our website and may be viewed via this link. Therefore, IPSA has taken the view that the information you have requested is exempt under Section 21 of the FOIA (Information already accessible by other means).
We have already provided details relating to the location of rental properties claimed for under the Scheme in a previous Freedom of Information (FOI) request (reference FOI2012-A063a). Our response to this request may also be viewed via this link.
The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. As the information you have requested is already available on our website it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).
IPSA sets a framework of rules within which MPs can claim legitimate business costs and expenses. When an MP makes a claim, IPSA will assess whether that claim complies with the rules. It cannot make judgements about whether individual claims are within the spirit of the rules as that would risk a subjective and potentially arbitrary judgement being made. Within the framework of the rules, it is for MPs to decide whether their claims are necessary for the conduct of their parliamentary functions. A view may also be formed by the public, who can see the details of the claims on the IPSA website. If there is sufficient public concern about certain types of claim, even when they comply with the rules, IPSA may consider whether or not changes are needed to the rules. We consult on the rules annually and are doing so at the moment. The issue of MPs renting to other MPs forms part of the consultation.
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- November 29, 2012
- MPs' ACCOMMODATION
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 21