Location of properties for which MPs claim costs

Request

Could I please request that you send me a list of all MPs (with their constituency names too) that do not have a primary residence within the constituency they represent, and secondly those that have no residence at all within the constituency they represent.


Response

IPSA holds some of the information that you request.

IPSA is responsible for the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (the Scheme).  Under the provisions of the Scheme, a Member may make claims for Accommodation Expenditure in relation to one location, which can either in the London area or the constituency.  The Scheme does not make any requirements as to whether the location claimed for should, or should not, be the MP’s primary residence and IPSA does not hold such information.  Likewise, IPSA does not hold information on MPs’ residences where no claim is made for that residence under the Scheme

We have already provided details relating to the location of rental properties claimed for under the Scheme under a previous Freedom of Information (FOI) request (reference FOI2012-A063a).  Our response to this request may be viewed via this link to the Freedom of Information section of our website.  This response provides the first part of the post code and therefore identifies whether the rental property is within the constituency.

Details of Members of Parliament, listed by constituency can be found via this link to Parliament’s website

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).

Ref:
FOI2012-A113
Disclosure:
December 13, 2012
Categories:
MPs' ACCOMMODATION
Exemptions Applied:
Section 21