Details of expense claims made by Esther McVey MP

Request

Please could you provide me with copies of the receipts/ contracts/ or other supporting documents held with regards to the following expenses claims:

  1. MP: Esther McVey , Claim No.: 693900 , Date: 05/12/2018 , Amount: £500

  2. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 703101, Date: 08/01/2019, Amount: £500

  3. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 649460, Date: 04/04/2018, Amount: £6.50

  4. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 659452, Date: 26/04/2018, Amount: £6.20

  5. Esther McVey, Claim No.: 659452, Date: 29/04/2018, Amount: £8

  6. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 652087, Date: 01/05/2018, Amount: £750

  7. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 657748, Date: 01/06/2018, Amount: £750

  8. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 663502, Date: 02/07/2018 , Amount: £750

  9. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 670646, Date: 02/08/2018, Amount: £750

  10. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 675440, Date: 01/09/2018, Amount: £750

  11. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 678059, Date: 06/09/2018, Amount: £6.50

  12. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 681141, Date: 01/01/2018, Amount: £750

  13. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 686817, Date: 31/10/2018, Amount: £500

  14. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No.: 639516, Date: 01/03/2018, Amount: £750

  15. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 634286, Date: 02/02/2018, Amount: £750

  16. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 628742, Date: 05/01/2018, Amount: £750

  17. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 619006, Date: 18/11/2017, Amount: £750

  18. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 608652, Date: 04/10/2017, Amount: £750

  19. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 602483, Date: 04/09/2017, Amount: £750

  20. MP: Esther McVey, Claim No. 595964, Date: 01/08/2017, Amount: £500


Response

IPSA holds the information you requested.

Professional services

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.

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

As you will be aware, details of all claims made by MPs are published on our website every two months. The following details relating to claims by Esther McVey for professional services have already been published.

Claim No.DetailsDateExpense TypeReimbursed
0000595964Consultancy01/08/2017Professional Services (Staff.)500.00
0000602483JF Consultancy04/09/2017Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000608652Jonathan Farber Comms04/10/2017Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000619006Comms October18/11/2017Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000628742Farber Comms Dec05/01/2018Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000634286Jonathan Farber Comms02/02/2018Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000639516Jonathan Farber Comms01/03/2018Professional Services (Staff.)750.00
0000652087Jonathan Farber Comms01/05/2018Professional Services750.00
0000657748Jonathan Farber Comms01/06/2018Professional Services750.00
0000663502Jonathan Farber Comms02/07/2018Professional Services750.00
0000670646Johnathan Farber Comms02/08/2018Professional Services750.00
0000675440Jonathan Farber Comms01/09/2018Professional Services750.00
0000681141Jonathan Farber Comms01/10/2018Professional Services750.00
0000686817Jonathan Farber Comms31/10/2018Professional Services (Staff.)500.00
0000693900J Farber Comms05/12/2018Professional Services (Staff.)500.00
0000703101Jonathan Farber08/01/2019Professional Services (Staff.)500.00

The invoices requested accompany this response.

MPs’ travel

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), travel and subsistence claims may be made for the costs of travel, and travel-related subsistence incurred by MPs or others, which are in support of the MP’s parliamentary functions. Since April 2017, this has included claims for journeys by MPs’ spouses and partners between the MP’s constituency and London.

The following details relate to travel claims made by Esther McVey.

Form No.DetailsDateExpense TypeJourneyReimbursed
0000649460MP - Taxis04/04/2018TaxiWithin Constituency Travel6.50
0000659452MP Taxi26/04/2018TaxiWithin Constituency Travel6.20
0000659452MP Taxi29/04/2018TaxiWithin Constituency Travel8.00
0000678059MP Taxi/train06/09/2018TaxiWithin Constituency Travel6.50

The invoices requested accompany this response.

Please note that certain information has been withheld from disclosure in accordance with s.31 FOIA (Law Enforcement) and s.40 FOIA (Personal Information). Further information on the application of these exemptions can be found below.

Exemptions applied

Section 31 – Law Enforcement

Information relating to:

  • invoice numbers

  • personal bank account numbers

  • other sensitive financial information

has been withheld 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 40 – Personal information

Personal addresses of third-parties

Some details relating to third parties are ‘personal data’, as defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, we are unable to disclose this information. Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if disclosure would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the GDPR, 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.

This is an absolute exemption and as such is not subject to a public interest test.

This concludes our response to your request.

Ref:
CAS-142737
Disclosure:
June 17, 2019
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31, Section 40