MPs’ air travel expense claims

Request

Please could you provide an itemised list of each of the air travel expenses claimed by all sitting MPs from the beginning of the current parliament until now - so from 9 June 2017 to 12 May 2019. Please include air travel expense claims for members of staff employed directly by MPs.

Please also include the names of the air travel providers (eg. EasyJet, FlyBe) for each expenses claim, and, if possible, the points of departure and arrival.

Please also include any attempted claims for air travel expenses made by sitting MPs during the time-frame above that were refused - and please include the recorded reason for refusal.


Response

IPSA holds some of the information you requested.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), the costs of travel made by MPs and their staff members in support of the MP’s parliamentary functions can be reimbursed. Where MPs have caring responsibilities, they may claim for journeys by their spouses and dependants between their constituency and London. MPs’ dependants must be registered with IPSA before travel can be claimed for them. For journeys by public transport, MPs may buy a ticket of any class but reimbursement will be limited to the rate of an economy class ticket available at the time of booking. In the case of air travel, ‘economy’ includes ‘flexible economy’.

The information that you have requested is published on our website.

In the top right-hand box, from the drop-down menu, select the financial year that you are interested in, and then select individual claims from the second drop-down menu.

Once you have downloaded the spreadsheet, apply filters to the header row.

Air travel claims for MPs, the spouses, dependants and staff are published in column G – ‘’Public Tr AIR SP, Public Tr AIR – Dependant, Public Tr AIR MP Staff’’. Details of airlines are available in Column I.

Please note that MPs may book their flight through a direct supplier, in which case they do not need to supply us with additional evidence such as booking confirmation. Where the services of the direct supplier are used, then we do not hold information on the name of the airline.

The points of arrival and departure are published in columns K and L.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release. Therefore, as the information you have requested is already available on our website, it is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means).

This concludes our response to your request.

Ref:
CAS-141459
Disclosure:
May 24, 2019
Categories:
MPs' TRAVEL
Exemptions Applied: