Accommodation expenditure of Robert Syms MP


Please advise the identity of Mr Syms new landlord (as promised in the Dispatches programme last night) and also advise the sum paid to IPSA by Mr Syms in lieu of his capital gain if his previous property has been sold


IPSA holds the information that you request.

Robert Syms MP’s landlord

As per the first part of your request, you may be aware, prior to receiving your FOI request, we were already in receipt of an FOI request (Reference FOI2012-A067a) relating to details of all Members of Parliament who claim for rental accommodation under the MPs’ Scheme for Business Costs and Expenses and their landlord names.  I can confirm that we have provided, and published, a response to FOI request reference FOI2012-A067a.  The response, which includes the information that you request, may be viewed via this link to the Freedom of Information section of our website

The landlord listed is Mr Syms’ current landlord.

The FOIA states that information that is accessible by other means is not subject to release.  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).

Capital gain repayments to IPSA

In relation to the second part of your request, we can confirm that Mr Syms has made no claims for mortgage interest since May 2010.  IPSA therefore does not hold the information you request.

14 December 2012
Exemptions Applied:
Section 21