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Dear House of Lords,

Please supply the names of the 212 peers that had the attendance records queried by the House of Lords

Yours faithfully,

Nick Leaton

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FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr. Leaton

I am writing in order to clarify your request for information received on
15 August.

I am unable find a reference to the 212 Members you refer to in your most
recent request, in our previous response to your related requests we
referred to 422 items of correspondence with Members from the period and
in an email released to you as part of the same response the figure 215
was also mentioned. I therefore need to check if you intended your
request to relate to one of these figures or if you would be happy for us
to interpret your request as being for a list of Members that had their
attendance queried by the House of Lords Finance department in the
financial year 2008/09?

Please note the 20 working day period for response under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 will be suspended until we receive clarification from
you.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Daybank

Information Compliance Manager

House of Lords

[1][email address]

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Dear Alex,

The Lords have replied in part to another FOI and I've extracted part of the response.

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From: SMITH, Jonathan P
Sent: 08 July 2011 13:07
To: FOI LORDS
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Attendance Records

Spoke with Richard & Sue about this. In 2008/09 which raised
queries with 215 Members but
there were actually 422 queries.
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So who are the 215 members?

Yours sincerely,

Nick Leaton

FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr. Leaton

Thank you for your email, we will therefore assume the reference to 212 was an error. The revised deadline for our response is 21 September.

Regards

Alex Daybank
Information Compliance Manager
House of Lords
[email address]

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Dear Alex,

That's fine. It was my error on the number.

Can you also supply the missing email? the 215 was in reply to an email, and I'm also interested in those, not just the subset.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Leaton

FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr. Leaton,

Thank-you for your e-mail of 5th September and for your clarification. Work on your request is ongoing.

As far as your second point is concerned there is no missing e-mail. As I explained in my response of 5th August to your request sent with the title “Attendance Records”, I attached a copy of not only the e-mail you quote in your e-mail of 5th September (i.e. from Jonathan Smith to FoI Lords dated 8th July 2011 13:07), which related to the cost limit calculation, but also all the e-mails in the string for additional background including the e-mail from FoI Lords to Jonathan Smith dated 7th July 16.20 to which Mr. Smith’s e-mail was a response. You therefore already have the e-mail you are asking for.

I hope this explains the matter,

Yours sincerely,

Frances Grey
Freedom of Information Officer
House of Lords

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DAYBANK, Alex, House of Lords

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Dear Mr. Leaton

I am writing in response to your request for information received by the
House of Lords on 15 August and clarified on 2 September.

Please find attached a list of Members who received letters from the
Finance department in the 2008-09 financial year relating to an
uncertainty with one or more of their expense claims for a particular
date.

It may be helpful if I explain that a Member being sent a letter querying
an attendance date on their claim form does not indicate that the Member
is claiming an allowance or expense to which they are not entitled. The
querying of claims is standard practice where the Administrations’ records
and the Member’s do not match. Where the claims were paid, the
Administration’s records and the Member’s were reconciled.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Alex Daybank

Information Compliance Manager

House of Lords

[2][email address]

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Dear Alex,

Thanks, that has met the request in full.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Leaton

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