Details of invoices submitted by Tom Pursglove MP

Request

Under the FOI act, please release the following receipts for expenses claims made by Tom Pursglove. All claims relate to sustenance in 2019 and not travel expenses.

  • Date: Jan 9 

  • Amount: £5       

  • Claim ref no.: 704252

  • Date: Jan 10

  • Amount: £4.97 

  • Claim ref no.: 704252

  • Date: Jan 16   

  • Amount: £4.71 

  • Claim ref no.: 705958

  • Date: Jan 17 

  • Amount: £4.30 

  • Claim ref no.: 705958

  • Date: Jan 21   

  • Amount: £4.14

  • Claim ref no.: 718484 (repaid)

  • Date: Jan 23 

  • Amount: £4.20 

  • Claim ref no.: 718484 (repaid)

  • Date: Jan 23   

  • Amount: £4.71

  • Claim ref no.: 705963

  • Date: Jan 24

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 705963

  • Date: Jan 30 

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 712488

  • Date: Jan 31 

  • Amount: £4.97

  • Claim ref no.: 712488

  • Date: Feb 6 

  • Amount: £4.72

  • Claim ref no.: 712488

  • Date: Feb 6 

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 712488

  • Date: Feb 12 

  • Amount:  £2.80

  • Claim ref no.: 712481

  • Date: Feb 13 

  • Amount: £4.20 

  • Claim ref no.: 712481

  • Date: Feb 14

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 712481

  • Date: Feb 25

  • Amount: £4.42

  • Claim ref no.: 718475

  • Date: Feb 25

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 718460

  • Date: Feb 26

  • Amount: £3.45

  • Claim ref no.: 718475

  • Date: Feb 27

  • Amount: £5

  • Claim ref no.: 718460

  • Date: Feb 27

  • Amount: £4.20

  • Claim ref no.: 718475

  • Date: Feb 28   

  • Amount: £3.90

  • Claim ref no.: 718475


Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Under the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), Staffing Costs may be claimed to meet the costs of incidental expenses incurred by volunteers. MPs who engage volunteers must submit a signed volunteer arrangement with the volunteer to IPSA before any claims for incidental expenses will be made. The signed arrangement must comply with the model volunteer arrangement published by IPSA. Incidental expenses are limited to reasonable travel and food, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Volunteers are not required to carry out specific duties for the MP, and they are assisting the MP with his or her duties on a voluntary basis. This often includes students on short periods of work experience, or individuals who simply require reimbursement for costs incurred on a one-day event.

Expenses incurred by volunteers are often paid to the MP who then reimburses the volunteer themselves. Details of all such claims are published on our website.

The following information has already been published relating to claims made by Tom Pursglove MP for volunteer costs. The associated invoices accompany this response.

Please note that we have redacted a small amount of information from the invoices in accordance with the s.31 (Law enforcement) exemption.

Form No.DateExpense typeDetailsReimbursedStatus
70425209/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
70425210/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.97Allowed
70595816/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.71Allowed
70595817/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.30Allowed
71848423/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance Amended from allowed by SA£4.20Repaid by MP
71848421/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance Amended from allowed by SA£4.14Repaid by MP
70596323/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.71Allowed
70596324/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71248830/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71248831/01/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.97Allowed
71248806/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.72Allowed
71248807/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71248112/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£2.80Allowed
71248113/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.20Allowed
71248114/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71847525/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.42Allowed
71847526/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£3.45Allowed
71847527/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£4.20Allowed
71847528/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£3.90Allowed
71846012/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71846025/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed
71846027/02/2019Volunteer Agreed Arrang. CostsVolunteer Sustenance£5.00Allowed

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.

This concludes our response to your request.

Ref:
CAS-147433
Disclosure:
July 31, 2019
Categories:
COPIES OF RECEIPTS/INVOICES
Exemptions Applied:
Section 31