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Dear House of Commons,

Could you supply me with a list of Brendan O'Hara MP's foreign trips between 2015 and present, what the purpose of the trip was, and who paid for them.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Freedom of Information request F17-182

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 4 April 2017, received by
us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Price

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

 

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F17-182

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked a
number of questions regarding foreign trips taken by Brendan O’Hara MP
between 2015 and present, as below.

Some information is held by the House of Commons.

The Register of Members’ Financial Interests contains some information
relating to trips taken by MPs which have been funded externally. Members
are required to register within 28 days any interest which someone might
reasonably consider to influence their actions or words as an MP. The
detailed rules, which explain exactly which interests are to be
registered, are set out in the Guide to the Rules relating to the conduct
of Members.

Parliament publishes these interests in the Register of Members' Financial
Interests, which is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Standards. The Register is published on the parliamentary webpages every
two weeks during sitting periods and approximately once a month at other
times. Entries remain for twelve months or until they have appeared in the
annual hard copy of the Register, if that is later.

The Register of Members’ Financial Interests can be found at
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o...

 

Additionally, the House of Commons Guide to the Rules relating to the
Conduct of Members, which includes the rules on registering financial
interests can be found at
[2]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

As this information is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is refused. In
refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in
section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and
the public interest test does not apply.

It may be helpful to know that 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:
[3]http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/Pag....

 

Lastly, you may wish to consider contacting Brendan O’Hara directly, to
ask for the information you seek, contact details are available at:
[4]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o.... However, Members
of Parliament are not public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom
of Information Act. This means that they are not obliged to respond to
requests made under the Act. Similarly, the Act does not apply to
political parties.

 

FOI applies to public authorities and both the House of Commons and House
of Lords are listed as institutions covered by the Act. In addition,
information held by government offices in relation to ministerial
activities and responsibilities will also be subject to the Act’s
provisions. Further information about FOIA and Parliament is available on
our website: [5]http://www.parliament.uk/site-informatio....

 

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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,
[7]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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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