Office winding up costs of Denis MacShane


Could I make a request for confirmation of an application for winding up costs by the above named person [Denis MacShane].

Further to my request could I ask what the total was for all applications under the winding up allowance and that of any items above £300.00


Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (the ‘Scheme’), any MP leaving Parliament may make claims to “to meet the cost of completing the outstanding parliamentary functions of a person who ceases to be an MP”.  Claims for winding up expenditure may only be claimed for business costs and expenses incurred during the two month period after leaving Parliament.  The Scheme allows a maximum of 90 days for submission of claims after a business cost or expense has been incurred.  We publish details of claims for business costs and expenses, including all those for winding up expenditure, on our publication website.

The winding up timetable for Denis MacShane is as follows:

Last day as an MP5 November 2012
First day winding up expenditure may be incurred6 November 2012
Last day winding up expenditure may be incurred5 January 2013
90 day claim submission period concludes (the last day that claims for winding up expenditure incurred on 5 January 2013 may be submitted)5 April 2013

As you may be aware, the claims most recently published on our website on 21 March 2013 cover claims processed between October and November 2012.   Therefore, publication of Mr MacShane’s winding up expenditure claims will follow in subsequent publication releases. 

Section 22(1) of the FOIA states that information intended for future publication is exempt from release.

We have considered whether the public interest in releasing the information outweighs the application of the exemption. It is our opinion that the public interest is best served by publishing a full list rather than on an ad hoc basis, as in this way a clear and complete set of information is published, avoiding any potential confusion. It is for this reason that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure at this stage.

23 April 2013
Exemptions Applied:
Section 22