Has Baroness UDDIN replied to letters to pay back any of the £125,349.10?

Captain Bryn Wayt made this Freedom of Information request to House of Lords

The request was refused by House of Lords.

From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear House of Lords,

May I be permitted to ask, under the FoI Act 2000, if Baroness
UDDIN has responded to any letters from your officials asking her
to repay the money she illegally claimed and has thus far refused?

I refer you to an excerpt of the inquiry into her despicable
behaviour, namely:

54. We dismiss Lady Uddin's appeal against the Sub-Committee's
finding that she wrongly claimed £125,349.10 in night subsistence
and mileage allowance; instead, we endorse that finding. We further
find that Lady Uddin did not make her claims for night subsistence
away from the properties and for the mileage allowance in good
faith.
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May I have sight of the communications relating to this debt she
owes?

May I have sight of any disciplinary notice that she has been
issued with?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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Dear Captain Wayt

I am writing in response to your request for information received by the
House of Lords on 23 May.

You requested information relating to Baroness Uddin and the repayment of
expenses and additionally a copy of ‘any disciplinary notice’ sent to
Lady Uddin.

The House of Lords Administration holds information relevant to this part
of your request. In addition we are in contact with Lady Uddin regarding
the recovery of the overpayment of expenses. This correspondence and the
responses received from Lady Uddin will be passed by the Clerk of the
Parliaments to the House Committee, so that the Committee may conclude its
deliberations (which are pending) as to the arrangements necessary for
recovery of the overpayment from Baroness Uddin. The information is
therefore exempt by virtue of section 34 (Parliamentary privilege) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “2000 Act”) because exemption
from section 1(1)(b) is required for the purpose of avoiding an
infringement of the privileges of this House.

I attach a copy of a certificate signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments
for the purposes of section 34 of the 2000 Act in response to a
substantially similar request on 30 March. Please let me know if you
would like a hard copy of the certificate.

It will be for the House Committee to decide, once its deliberations on
the matter are concluded, (or on an interim basis) whether any and if so
what of its proceedings and the information provided for the purpose of
those proceedings should be published.

With regard to your request for ‘any disciplinary notice’ that might
have been provided to Baroness Uddin I can confirm that we do not hold any
specific information relevant to this aspect of your request. This is
because Lady Uddin is not an employee of the House of Lords and Members of
the House took the decision to suspend her. However please find attached
a copy of a letter sent by the Clerk of the Parliaments to Baroness Uddin
on 19 October 2010 which explains the terms of the suspension.

Section 50 of the 2000 Act provides that any person may apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified respect,
a request for information made by the complainant to a public authority
has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of Part I of the
Act. In this context you should bear in mind that under section 2(3) the
exemption conferred by section 34 is an absolute exemption, and your
attention is also drawn to the terms of section 34(3).

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be accessed at:

[1]http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/ukp...

However, you may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request for
information, other than the information covered by section 34, ask the
House of Lords to conduct an internal review. Requests for an internal
review should be addressed to [2][email address] or to the Freedom
of Information Officer, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. Arrangements
will be made for someone who has not been involved in dealing with your
request to conduct an internal review. Our aim is to complete internal
reviews within 20 working days.

If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House’s
treatment of your request for information then you may take your complaint
to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Daybank

Information Compliance Manager

House of Lords

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear FOI LORDS,

I am most obliged for the information supplied thus far.

However, it is not, "the treatment of your request for information"
that dissatisfies me as much as the contempt Baroness Uddin
displays in retaining that vast amount of public money; and the way
the "law" was changed to allow the interpretation of the rules
allowing her to stay one day/night/month to satisfy the authority
of the Lord's, when up to that point no such rule existed.

Under the FoI Act 2000 I wish to see the chapter and verse of the
Laws of this England which allows anyone (the decision was made by
one man) to declare a "second property" for the purpose of
collecting "expenses" as one day/night/month - because HMRC does
not allow any such interpretations.

Main Residence etc.pdf

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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From: FOI LORDS
House of Lords

Dear Captain Wayt

I am writing in response to your email of 26 June.

The decision not to charge Baroness Uddin was made by the Crown Prosecution Service. The House of Lords had no involvement in this.

The longstanding system of financial support operating at the time the inappropriate claims were made was operated by the House Administration having been approved by the House of Lords prior to its introduction . The Clerk of the Parliaments' recommendation, endorsed by the House Committee (the principal supervisory body for the House of Lords Administration) to set a minimum threshold below which a Member could not designate a property as a main residence was only made for the purposes of his internal investigations.

The House of Lords' investigation into Baroness Uddin initially conducted by the Clerk of the Parliaments was suspended once the Metropolitan Police Service began its enquiries and following the CPS decision not to bring charges the Clerk of the Parliaments referred the conduct of Baroness Uddin to the committee for Standards and Privileges. As you know this committee published its findings and made a number of recommendations for the sanction of Lady Uddin which the House accepted.

We therefore hold no information relevant to your request.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request for information, ask the House of Lords to conduct an internal review. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to [email address] or to the Freedom of Information Officer, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. Arrangements will be made for someone who has not been involved in dealing with your request to conduct an internal review. Our aim is to complete internal reviews within 20 working days.

If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House’s treatment of your request for information then you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

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

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear FOI LORDS,

Dear Mr Daybank,

Thank you very much for taking time to write to me once again on
the 20th July 2011 about the UDDIN travesty of justice.

It seems obvious to me that the whole justice system has been
fatally flawed in this affair and Mr Pownall's interjection that
merely "visiting"
(not even sleeping there) a place for one day/month makes it a
lawful "main residence" is a very convenient local law to sweep the
whole matter under the carpet. The DPP's Mr Starmer carried that
baton and dropped it, "on that interpretation".

That Mrs UDDIN has still not paid back one penny proves, to every
decent taxpayer, that those making the law and seeing it is
carefully and honestly exercised have failed to carry out their
duty.

That there is a possibility that she returns to the Lords in 2012
is VERY depressing.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear FOI LORDS,

I am given to understand that details are available about the
Baroness UDDIN being in a financial position to return the money
she dishonestly procured from UK taxpayers.

If this correct may, I sight the documents related to this welcome
revelation - under the FoI Act 2000?

If I cannot sight the documents then a simple statement about how
this money (e.g. £pounds/month) is being returned would fulfil the
appetite for justice as such facts should be on the record.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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From: FOI LORDS
House of Lords

Dear Captain Wayt.

I am writing to acknowledge your latest request for information. We will treat this as a new request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should expect a response from us no later than 10 October.

Regards

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

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Mr Daybank,

I thank you for the rapid reply and for treating this as a new FoI
Act 2000 request.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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From: FOI LORDS
House of Lords

Dear Captain Wayt,

In response to your request of 10 September received by the House of Lords on 12 September I can confirm that the Clerk of the Parliaments continues to be in discussion with Baroness Uddin regarding the repayment of the monies owed.

The correspondence between Lady Uddin and the Clerk of the Parliaments, which may include details of her financial circumstances, is as previously stated subject to Parliamentary privilege. This is because this correspondence forms the basis of preparatory work which supports the formulation of a papers and recommendation for the House Committee. It is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 34 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please let me know if you would like to receive a formal response with a copy of a certificate signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments for the purposes of section 34(3).

The Committee will determine what actions are open to it to ensure repayment and it will decide, once its deliberations on the matter are concluded, whether any and if so what of its proceedings and the information provided for the purpose of those proceedings should be published.

Yours sincerely,

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

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Mr Daybank,

Thank you for your reply, albeit in the negative once again.

It is incomprehensible that Mrs UDDIN can be so protected and the
taxpayer denied justice - by any measure she is as guilty as those
who were jailed, but has escaped by judicial chicanory.

Regarding your offer: "Please let me know if you would like to
receive a formal response with a copy of a certificate signed by
the Clerk of the Parliaments for the purposes of section 34(3)."
The answer is YES, I would like a Formal Response with a copy of a
certificate signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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House of Lords


Attachment FOI 717 S.34 Certificate.pdf
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Dear Captain Wayt.

As I stated in my earlier response the correspondence between Lady Uddin and the Clerk of the Parliaments, which may include details of her financial circumstances, forms the basis of preparatory work which supports the formulation of a papers and recommendation for the House Committee.

Please find attached the formal certificate signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments confirming that the information you requested is subject to Parliamentary privilege and exempt from disclosure under section 34(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 50 of the 2000 Act provides that any person may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified respect, a request for information made by the complainant to a public authority has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act. In this context you should bear in mind that under section 2(3) the exemption conferred by section 34 is an absolute exemption, and your attention is also drawn to the terms of section 34(3) which confirms that a signed certificate is conclusive.

However, you may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request for information, other than the information covered by section 34, ask the House of Lords to conduct an internal review. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to [email address] or to the Freedom of Information Officer, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. Arrangements will be made for someone who has not been involved in dealing with your request to conduct an internal review. Our aim is to complete internal reviews within 20 working days.

If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House’s treatment of your request for information then you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

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

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From: Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Mr Daybank,

Thank you for giving me some of your precious time trying to answer
my questions.

It is regrettable that taxpayers, such as myself, are still kept in
the dark if Mrs Uddin is paying back her ill-gotten gains, and that
my simple question cannot be answered.
"If I cannot sight the documents then a simple statement about how
this money (e.g. £pounds/month) is being returned would fulfill the
appetite for justice as such facts should be on the record."

Flogging a dead horse I shall not do.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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Giovanni Bianco left an annotation ()

The government is full of hot air and hypocrisy.

Members expenses, coins database all initially withheld, this is the 'natural' position regardless of what uncle eric wishes for us to believe.

The request is legitimate and clearly in the public interest, and of course exemptions do not need to be applied.

Unfortunately the above response does nothing to allay the fear that deep rooted abuses continue.

Best of luck capt.

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Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

It appears she has got away with fleecing the British tax-payer:

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15...>

I've blogged about her disgraceful conduct:

<http://kevsoft.co.uk/index.php?subaction...>

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Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

Thank you for highlighting the impotent nature and ultra slack 'will' of the House of Lords with respect to Mrs UDDIN. It is an utter disgrace that this woman darkens the door of the House of Lords.

"Banning Baroness Uddin beyond then would infringe her right to attend parliament which is conferred by the Queen."

I am now going to write to Her Majesty the Queen and ask what she is going to do about this disgraceful situation that UDDIN is happily wallowing in.

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Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

I said I was going to write to Her Majesty the Queen, and I have.

Should I receive a reply from the Palace, I shall let readers know.

Captain Bryn Wayt

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Tom Marshall left an annotation ()

In an attempt to complement the sterling work being done by others I have established an e-petition dedicated to bringing this woman to account. It can be found at
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition...

It's going to take a big effort, but I'm sure it can be done. Please sign and support the quest to make Baroness Uddin realise that she cannot behave in this arrogant and contemptuous manner.
Thank you.
Tom Marshall.

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Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

I've signed the petition and blogged it:

<http://kevsoft.co.uk/index.php?subaction...>

It might be worth subscribing to her TheyWorkForYou's email updates and is she speaks again in the House of Lords, place an annotation with where's our money or oink oink?

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/alert/?onl...

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Kevin Wells left an annotation ()

It looks like she will be barred until she repays what she owes.

<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics...>

My take on it

<http://kevsoft.co.uk/index.php?subaction...>

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Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

Dear Readers,

I forgot to say that I did receive a reply, dated the 5th Dec 2011, from Buckingham Palace, from Miss Jennie Vine (Dep Snr Correspondance Office). She said the Queen had thanked me for my letter of the 16th November 2011 and, "had taken careful note of your comments regarding The Baroness Uddin".

Readers will now know that The Lords are going to BAN Mrs Uddin from returning TFN - see national press/BBC website.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics...

The next proper action should be the stripping of her title.

Thank you to ALL involved in seeing some sort of justice being pinned on Mrs Uddin.

A very Merry Xmas to all,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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