Use of MPs' constituency offices by third parties
Chapter Six of the Scheme of MPs’ Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) states: where MPs grant a licence or give permission to any other person to use the constituency office, or any part of it, a fee must be charged which reflects an appropriate proportion of the rent and other costs incurred. The fee must be remitted to IPSA in its entirety.
Repayments are made to our finance team, and details of any such repayments are published against the MP’s account on our website.
However, these repayments are not separately categorised on our system from other repayments made by MPs. As such, to identify those relating to the use of offices by others, we would need to manually inspect the paperwork associated with all repayments. Unfortunately, the amount of time it would take to locate, retrieve and extract this information from our systems would exceed the appropriate cost limit of £450 (part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act). Consequently, IPSA is not able to respond to your request (see section 12(1), FOIA).
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- 15 December 2017
- MPs' OFFICE COSTS
- Exemptions Applied:
- Cost limit