Invoices submitted by Jack Lopresti for office costs

Request

Under the FOIA I would like the original receipts and invoices for the expenses claims below, and any/all paperwork associated with said claims.


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), claims for reimbursement must be supported by evidence. As such, we hold all supporting documentation provided in support of claims made by MPs.

As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website every two months, three months after the claims have been processed by IPSA. You can find details of all claims made by Jack Lopresti on our website via this link.

Under the Scheme, Office Costs can be claimed for payments for bought-in services (‘professional services’), where staffing services are provided by companies, self-employed individuals or others not on the payroll.

The following details relating to the claims noted in your request have already been published.

DateForm No.TitleExpense TypeStatusReimbursed
04/08/20100000021147Legal Costs for Const Off RegProfessional ServicesAllowed1695.55
13/08/20100000022927Office furnitureOffice Furniture PurchaseAllowed1516.31
30/11/20100000051593Robert Hall HireOffice Furniture PurchaseAllowed278.01
27/03/20130000253058Dilapidations Unit 27Professional ServicesAllowed4959.60
28/03/20130000253338Interserve Solicitors/ DilapsProfessional ServicesAllowed1056.00
15/04/201300002591503SixtyRealEstate ScheduleProfessional ServicesAllowed354.00
26/06/20130000278711Solicitors Fee's WillowProfessional ServicesAllowed783.00
14/09/20150000455157Private Office Unit 29Furniture PurchaseAllowed2316.00

Please find attached copies of the requested invoices.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – law enforcement

We have withheld account numbers, invoice numbers and other information relating to the financial transactions contained within the invoices under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. We have withheld details which, if disclosed, may compromise the personal or financial security of the MP or their staff. 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 40 – personal information

Some information relating to third-parties, such as personal addresses and the names of staff members, 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-80619
Disclosure:
May 21, 2017
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICESMPs' OFFICE COSTSMPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31