Invoices for accommodation and travel claims made by Naz Shah MP

Request

Under an above request could you please provide a copy of the invoices/receipts provided on claim 440879


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 on our publication website relating to this claim.

DateCategoryExpense TypeStatusReimbursed
10/06/2015AccommodationAccommodation RentAllowed515.00
10/06/2015AccommodationAccommodation RentAllowed515.00
11/06/2015Accommodation - HotelsHotel London AreaAllowed381.00
17/06/2015Accommodation - HotelsHotel London AreaAllowed381.96
19/06/2015TravelPublic Tr RAIL - RTNAllowed98.40
22/06/2015Accommodation - HotelsHotel London AreaAllowed268.00
22/06/2015Accommodation - HotelsHotel London AreaAllowed109.00

View the invoices.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld the invoice number, booking number and other information relating to the financial transaction contained within the invoice under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) or 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.

Section 38 – Health and safety

We have withheld the specific location of hotels utilised by the MP under Section 38(1)(b) (Health and safety) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, endanger the safety of any individual. 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 likely that this information could be used to endanger the safety of the individuals who rely upon these locations for accommodation on a regular basis. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of this information there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that as an organisation we are able to protect our service users from threats to their safety. This is also in line with our stated publication policy. In our opinion the public interest in protecting the personal safety of MPs’ outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Ref:
CAS-48538
Disclosure:
May 26, 2016
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31