Invoices for part-paid and not paid claims
Information already available
We have previously disclosed the invoices for the claims made by Oliver Colville and Damian Collins in response to separate Freedom of Information requests. These can be found on our website via the following links:
Information not held by IPSA
We do not hold invoices for the claims made by John McDonnell and Sajid Javid. Both of these claims relate to expenditure incurred on mileage, for which no hard copy evidence is required.
Further, we do not hold evidence for the claim made by James Arbuthnot. This claim appears to have been a minor payment card charge which was later refunded by the merchant.
Information being disclosed
Please find attached the evidence submitted in support of the remaining claims, all of which were either not paid or part-paid to the MPs in question.
The information published on our website provides the status of each claim (eg. paid, part-paid or not paid); if the claim was part-paid, then a detail of the split between the paid amount and not paid (or repaid) amount should be provided. If the claim was not paid, the published data also include the reason why the claim was not paid.
We have redacted some personal data from the invoices, as well as information which, if disclosed, could threaten the security of MPs, their families or staff (such as home addresses). Please see below for more information.
Section 38 – health and safety
Section 38(1)(b) (Health and safety) of the FOI 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. As required under the terms of the FOIA, we have conducted a public interest test with regards this exemption. 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.
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 MPs, their families and staff from threats to their safety, which is achieved through our capacity to withhold certain information from disclosure. This is also in line with our stated publication policy. It is for this reason that we have decided that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Section 40 –personal information
Further, some information contained within the invoices, such as the names of third parties and their signatures 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.
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- January 12, 2018
- GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRYCOPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 38