Information relating to claims made by Iain McKenzie MP

Request

I would like information under FOI for the following claims made by Iain McKenzie MP

Claim Ref -

0000235487        £600 Hotel MP Staff

0000227549        £228.99 Public Travel Air MP Staff

0000130787        £156.45 Public Travel Air MP Staff

0000128263        £260 Hotel MP Staff

I would like to know the dates of Travel/Hotel stay, and the name of the member of staff who stayed in the hotel, made the journey from the constituency to London.

113833 - £234.00 Recruitment StartUp

113833 - £180.00 Recruitment StartUp

I would like information on who this money was paid to.


Response

IPSA holds some of the information that you request.

As you may be aware, Members of Parliament are permitted, under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), to claim for expenses legitimately incurred whilst carrying out their parliamentary duties and are required to certify that this is the case before submitting claims.

Start Up Expenditure is available to MPs elected to Parliament for the first time for a particular constituency. Chapter 8 of the Scheme states that MPs can claim, under the Start-Up Expenditure budget, the costs of setting up one or more constituency offices as a new MP, which includes the costs of recruiting members of staff.

Further, under Chapter 9 of the Scheme, travel and subsistence claims may be made for the costs of travel, and travel-related subsistence expenditure undertaken by an MP or others, which are necessarily incurred in the performance of the MP's parliamentary functions.

You can view a copy of the Scheme on our website.

Please find below the information you have requested, alongside the claim information already published on our website.

We have withheld the names of staff members, as this information is personal information. Section 40(2) provides that personal information 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, you may wish to visit the UK Legislation website.

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

MP NameClaim numberShort DescriptionDetailsAmount paidAdditional information
Iain McKenzie113833201109 (2) AdvertsAdvert for Caseworkers£234.00Clyde & Forth Press Limited
Iain McKenzie113833201109 (2) AdvertsAdvert for Office Manager£180.00Clyde & Forth Press Limited
Iain McKenzie0000235487IPSA Card Jan 13[***] Lodging-Hotels, Motels, Resorts£60026 to 30 November
Iain McKenzie0000227549Nov 2012 IPSABRITISH AIRW****British Airways£228.99Date of travel not held
Iain McKenzie000013078720111114 (OCT card)BRITISH AIRW [***] British Airways£156.45Outbound 30 October & return 1 November
Iain McKenzie00001282632011 Nov - [***][***] Westminster - Nov 2011£260.0031 October to 1 November

Ref:
F1415-023
Disclosure:
May 29, 2014
Categories:
GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRYMPs' OFFICE COSTSMPs' TRAVEL
Exemptions Applied:
Section 40