Valuations and capital gain payments relating to Stephen O'Brien MP's property
IPSA holds the information that you request.
As you are aware, IPSA abolished the mortgage interest subsidy, previously available to MPs, when introducing the new Scheme for MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses in 2010.
The new Scheme contained transitional arrangements for returning MPs, including a process to recoup for the taxpayer an appropriate level of any capital gain made. These arrangements, which expired in August 2012, can be found on our publication website at the following address (bottom of the page): http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/AnnualisedData.aspx.
These data include information on the repayment of any capital gain, as well as the names of Members who took part in the arrangements, the amount claimed, the capital gain calculated as due to be repaid to IPSA and the name of the surveyors.
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).
In IPSA’s view, specific valuations of properties owned by MPs is personal data. The release of this information would reveal the total value of MPs’ private residences, including the share of the property not publicly subsidised, and is therefore exempt under section 40 (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Section 40(2) provides that personal data 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.
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- February 18, 2015
- MORTGAGE INTEREST
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 21