Dear House of Commons,

Please send a complete list of claims submitted in the last year by MPs for reimbursement of book purchases.

To include:
* date
* which MP claimed for it
* ISBN or other information sufficient to identify the book
* number of copies
* if held, any information submitted regarding any third party for whose use the book was intended (e.g. if you were told that the book was for use by constituency staff other than the MP)

This is to include books both in printed and electronic formats.

For purposes of this enquiry, I am not interested in matters regarding the price or the retailer.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Perry Icso

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Icso,

 

Freedom of Information request F16-546

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 12 December 2016,
received by us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case
within 20 working days i.e. on or before 12 January 2017.

 

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number
quoted above and in the subject line of this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Price

IRIS Support Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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Dear Mr Icso,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F16-546

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked for
a number of details in relation to claims submitted in the last year by
MPs for reimbursement of book purchases.

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons. The Independent
Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for paying MPs’
salaries and processing expenses claims. Therefore you may wish to
consider contacting IPSA, whose details can be found at:
[1]http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/Pag....

 

It may be helpful to know that the House of Commons Library provides
support to Members of Parliament and their staff for their parliamentary
duties. This includes the provision of reading rooms, a library loans
service, and face-to-face enquiry points. The library offers a book loans
service to MPs, where they are able to lend books from the Library’s
collection or obtain a copy of a book from outside libraries on
inter-library loan.

Members of Parliament normally ask to borrow a book, rather than suggest
that a title is purchased.  In most cases, requests to borrow items are
met from the Library’s existing stock or via inter-library loans. The
House of Commons Library aims to acquire those books which are in demand
by Members and their staff in relation to their parliamentary duties, or
which are needed by Library staff in the course of their information and
research work for MPs. The House of Commons Library have a limited
resources budget. Therefore, there is a need to balance each request
received against existing holdings and the Collection Development Policy,
to ensure that the Library obtains the best value for money. You may be
interested to know that the House of Commons Library proactively publishes
a list of books purchased by and borrowed from the library every six
months, which is available here:
[2]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o....

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons. Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with the
outcome of your request you may ask the House of Commons to conduct an
internal review of any decision regarding your request. Complaints or
requests for internal review should be addressed to: Information Rights
and Information Security Service, Research and Information Team, House of
Commons, London SW1A 0AA or [3][House of Commons request email]. Please ensure
that you specify the full reasons for your complaint or internal review
along with any arguments or points that you wish to make.

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,
[4]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Lauren

 

Lauren Puckey | IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

Tel: 0207 219 4025 | Text Relay: 18001 219 4025 | Fifth Floor, 14 Tothill
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Dear FOI Commons,

Thank you for your speedy and extremely helpful reply. I much appreciate you going to the trouble of explaining to me the library system. In view of your reply, I may well ask the IPSA about book purchases claimed for, but I would probably want to start by finding out more about who has borrowed (or requested) which book from the library. The proactively published lists that you referred to do not seem to include this information, and I do not think it classes as personal data given that the loans were presumably for official rather than personal use, so it would seem that an FOI enquiry about it would be valid. I have not yet formulated an exact question, but when I do, would you be the relevant authority to deal with it, or else who should I ask?

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Perry Icso

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Icso,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

In regards to your question below, we are the relevant authority who hold
this information.

 

However, it may be helpful to know that our response to a similar request
is available on our parliamentary webpages here:

 

[1]http://www.parliament.uk/site-informatio...

 

Information about which books individual Members of Parliament have
borrowed is personal data, as explained in this response, and therefore
would not be disclosed.

 

I hope this is helpful to you.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Lauren

 

 

Lauren Puckey | IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

Tel: 0207 219 4025 | Text Relay: 18001 219 4025 | Fifth Floor, 14 Tothill
St, London SW1H 9NB

 

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