Number of consultation responses, a copy of the survey and a breakdown of the results

Request

May I ask how many members of the ordinary public participated in your survey, and could we please have a copy of the survey and a breakdown of the results - after all these MPs are our employees !


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

IPSA’s consultation on MPs’ pay and pensions closed on 20 October 2013.  You can view a copy of the consultation documents on our website, via this link.

You specifically requested ‘a copy of the survey’.  We have interpreted this as a request for a list of the questions asked in the consultation.  You can find these questions in Chapter 11 of the consultation document, the link to which is provided above.  

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, 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).

The remaining information you have requested, relating to the number of participants and the breakdown of the results, is intended for future publication, following the publication of the final report at the end of this year.

Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is exempt from release.

We have considered whether the public interest in releasing the information outweighs the application of the exemption. It is our opinion that the public interest is best served by publishing a full list rather than on an ad hoc basis, as in this way a clear and complete set of information is published, avoiding any potential confusion. It is for this reason that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this stage.

Ref:
F1314-142
Disclosure:
October 31, 2013
Categories:
MPs' PAY AND PENSIONS
Exemptions Applied:
Section 21