Request for copies of invoices for claims made by Colin Clark MP
IPSA holds the information that you request.
Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), an office costs budget is provided to meet the costs of renting, equipping and running MPs’ constituency offices. Most claims for reimbursement made under the Scheme should be accompanied by supporting evidence.
|Form no1||Form Type2||Date of claims||Expense type||Details||Reimbursed||Notes|
|618554||EXPENSES: Office costs||01/11/2017||Const. Office adaptation||Security alterations||£3,600.00|
|689055||EXPENSES: Payment Card||25/10/2018||Computer||Elected Technologies||£500.00|
|662134||Constituency office bills||01/04/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£126.24||For Jan 2018|
|662134||Constituency office bills||01/04/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£126.24||For Feb 2018|
|662134||Constituency office bills||01/04/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£126.24||For Mar 2018|
|662134||Constituency office bills||01/04/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£126.24||For April 2018|
|662134||Constituency office bills||05/04/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£50.64|
|662134||Constituency office bills||04/06/2018||Internet Rental/usage||Broadband||£126.24|
|654532||EXPENSES: Payment Card||03/04/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Marketing &TR||£963.22|
|654532||EXPENSES: Payment Card||20/06/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Marketing &TR||£59.76|
|667027||EXPENSES: Payment Card||20/06/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Energy||£228.25|
|667027||EXPENSES: Payment Card||20/06/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Energy||£125.91|
|682684||EXPENSES: Payment Card||07/09/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Energy||£104.22||For July 2018|
|682684||EXPENSES: Payment Card||07/09/2018||Const Office Gas||Gazprom Energy||£94.00||For August 2018|
In relation to rent, once an MP registers their property with us and provides us with a copy of their lease, then they are not required to submit individual expense claims for each month covered by the lease. Paragraph 3 of Annex C of the Scheme, sets out the conditions under which IPSA will pay MPs’ accommodation direct to Landlords.
Please note, we have redacted payment information from the receipts and the leases under section 31 and section 40 of the FOIA. More information on these exemptions can be found below.
Section 31 – Law enforcement
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) 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 financial security of staff and volunteers engaged by MPs outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Section 40 – personal information
Section 40(2) provides that personal information (as defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) about third parties is exempt information if disclosure would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1), or is confidential.
Having considered the nature of the withheld personal data, we do not believe that it would be within the named individuals’ reasonable expectations to release their personal information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We have therefore withheld this information.
Section 40 is an absolute exemption so the public interest test does not apply.
This concludes our response to your request.
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- May 14, 2019
- COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICESMPs' OFFICE COSTS
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 31, Section 40