Invoices submitted by Ben Howlett

Request

could I request a copy of the invoice/receipt provided claims made by Mr Ben Howlett MP with reference numbers:  445923


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), all claims for reimbursement under the Scheme must be supported by evidence. You can view a copy of the Scheme on our website via this link. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

The following information has already been published relating to claim reference 445923.

Form No.DateExpense TypeReimbursedStatus
000044592307/07/2015Water8.33Repaid by MP
000044592329/06/2015Council Tax95.85Allowed
000044592329/06/2015Council Tax95.84Not Claimed
000044592307/07/2015Water25.00Repaid by MP
000044592320/07/2015Other2.75Repaid by MP
000044592302/07/2015Congestion Zone/Toll11.50Allowed
000044592307/07/2015Water16.67Not Claimed
000044592313/07/2015Office Furn Purch StartUp425.00Allowed
000044592314/07/2015Software Purchase19.95Allowed
000044592316/07/2015Tel/Mobile Purch StartUp89.99Allowed
000044592316/07/2015Shredder Purch Startup448.74Allowed
000044592316/07/2015Const Office Cleaning11.70Allowed
000044592317/07/2015Office Furn Purch StartUp109.99Allowed
000044592317/07/2015Office Furn Purch StartUp988.75Allowed
000044592317/07/2015Office Furn Purch StartUp176.97Allowed
000044592320/07/2015Office Furn Purch StartUp80.00Allowed
000044592320/07/2015Furniture Purchase62.96Allowed
000044592320/07/2015Furniture Purchase54.98Allowed
000044592320/07/2015Const Office Cleaning10.70Allowed
000044592321/07/2015Waste Disposal176.50Allowed
000044592322/07/2015Furniture Purchase-54.98Allowed
000044592323/07/2015Security24.00Allowed
000044592323/07/2015Newspapers/Journals39.00Allowed

Please click here to download all invoices and receipts submitted to us by Mr Howlett in support of the claims specified in your request. For reference, we have withheld any personal information under section 40 of the FOIA, and a small amount of information under section 31 of the FOIA.

Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOIA states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) of crime.

After considering the nature of the withheld information it is our opinion that were a disclosure to be made into the public domain it is probable that this information could be traced back to sensitive personal or commercial information which could be used for criminal activity. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of information relating to MPs’ expenses, there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that we are able to protect our service users from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the security of MPs and their property outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

A small amount information, such as the names and signatures of third-parties, is ‘personal data’, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As such, we have withheld such information in accordance with section 40 of the FOIA. For reference, section 40(2) provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if disclosure would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the DPA, where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. You can find out more information about personal data and FOI via guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on their website: http://ico.org.uk.

Ref:
CAS-33970
Disclosure:
December 4, 2015
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICESMPs' OFFICE COSTS
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31