Duplicate payments made to MPs in error
In order to locate this information, we would need to download all transactions ever processed for every MP, by year, and manually search for those which may be duplicates (ie. transactions which were made on the same day for the same amount). We would then need to investigate the transactions identified as possible duplicates to determine whether or not they were legitimate claims or duplicates made in error. According to our estimations, it is possible that to do this for one MP for one calendar year alone would take a number of hours.
In processing your request, we undertook a test to estimate the amount of time it would take to locate, retrieve and extract this information from all the records we hold for each individual MP since 2010. We estimate that it would take over 5,800 hours of staff time to do so, via the process described above.
As you will be aware, this would take us considerably over the appropriate cost limit of £450 (part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act). Consequently, IPSA is not obliged to respond to your request (see section 12(1), FOIA).
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- 1 June 2014
- GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRYIPSA - OPERATIONS
- Exemptions Applied:
- Cost limit