Names of service providers for various claims made by MPs

Request

You specifically requested:

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A163

Request Details: With reference to Jim Murphy's claim for £3500 for staffingdated 31/07/12, reference number 194737, could you pleaseprovide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A164

Request Details: With reference to Nadhim Zahawi's claim for £3250 for a senior researcher dated 29/06/12, reference number 194627, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

With reference to Nadhim Zahawi's claim for £3250 for a senior researcher dated 30/07/12, reference number 199804, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A165

Request Details: With reference to Nick Gibb's claim for £1750 for professional services dated 10/08/12, reference number 198525, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

With reference to Nick Gibb's claim for £1750 for professional services dated 01/09/12, reference number 201470, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

With reference to Nick Gibb's claim for £1750 for professional services dated 26/08/12, reference number 200500, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A166

Request Details: With reference to Gerry Sutcliffe's claim for £2400 for media support dated 23/07/12, reference number 193946, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A169

With reference to Sadiq Khan's claim for £2515.63 for computer software on 29/7/11, reference number 108693, for what reason was the money repaid?

Did IPSA request the money be repaid or did Mr Khan repay the money voluntarily?

When was the money repaid?

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A170

Request Details: With reference to Tom Watson's claim for £652.08 for professional services dated 28/6/12, reference number 201311, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A171

Request Details: With reference to Tom Watson's claim for £1,500 for professional services dated 3/9/12, reference number 201690, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A172

Request Details: With reference to Tom Watson's claim for £1,000 for professional services dated 31/8/12, reference number 201691, could you please provide the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.

FOI Request Reference: FOI2013-A173

Request Details: Between 1st April 2012 and 30th September 2012, which expenses claims have you queried, why did you query them, what explanation was given by the MP in question, and was the money repaid?


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

In your requests, you asked for the name of the individual or company the money was paid to.  We have interpreted your FOI requests to ask for the names of the individuals or companies the services were provided by. 

Please find at Annex A the names of individuals or companies that have provided a service to MPs for the respective claim numbers you have requested, accompanied by the information already published on our website describing each claim.

It should be noted that IPSA pays claims for business costs and expenses by a variety of methods – by reimbursement to the MP, via the payment card and direct to the supplier – and, therefore, not all payments are made direct to suppliers.

Taking the remaining two requests in turn:

  • FOI2013-A169 - With reference to Sadiq Khan's claim for £2515.63 for computer software on 29/7/11, reference number 108693, for what reason was the money repaid? Did IPSA request the money be repaid or did Mr Khan repay the money voluntarily? When was the money repaid?

Mr Khan had purchased CMITS casework software that proved unsatisfactory. When the software was returned, he received a full refund from the company and therefore reimbursed IPSA his original claim.  Mr Khan repaid the £2515.63 voluntarily on 20 September 2012.

  • FOI2013-A173 - Between 1st April 2012 and 30th September 2012, which expenses claims have you queried, why did you query them, what explanation was given by the MP in question, and was the money repaid?

Claims for reimbursement can be queried via letter, email or over the phone.  We undertook a test to estimate the amount of time it would take to locate, retrieve and extract this information from the information we hold.  We estimate that it would take us considerably over the appropriate cost limit of £450 (part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act).  Consequently, IPSA is not obliged to respond to your request (see section 12(1), FOIA).

Annex A

Information published on our website, and information released under your request

FOI Request ReferenceMP NameClaim NumberClaim amountClaim TypeSupplier Name
FOI2013-A163Jim Murphy194737£3,500staffingMembers' Support Unit
FOI2013-A164Nadhim Zahawi194627£3,250senior researcherMr S L McIntyre
FOI2013-A164Nadhim Zahawi199804£3,250senior researcherMr S L McIntyre
FOI2013-A165Nick Gibb198525£1,750professional servicesBognor Regis & Littlehampton Conservatives
FOI2013-A165Nick Gibb201470£1,750professional servicesBognor Regis & Littlehampton Conservatives
FOI2013-A165Nick Gibb200500£1,750professional servicesBognor Regis & Littlehampton Conservatives
FOI2013-A166Gerry Sutcliffe193946£2,400media supportMr Ian Hernon
FOI2013-A170Tom Watson201311£652.08professional servicesGordon & Badley Communications
FOI2013-A171Tom Watson201690£1,500professional servicesCaroline Parkes
FOI2013-A172Tom Watson201691£1,000professional servicesDaniel Coyne

Ref:
FOI2013-A163
Disclosure:
February 15, 2013
Categories:
GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
Exemptions Applied:
None