IPSA - Lack of Transparency on Official Website

Calum McLean made this Freedom of Information request to Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

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From: Calum McLean

10 December 2011

Dear Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

In terms of the above legislation, please can you send me copies of
the protocol that prohibits members of the public from accessing
parts of your website without a password?

For example...

http://www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk...

On the left hand side under "IPSA For MPs" when a member of the
public clicks on the "List" weblink, they are denied access.

What happened to openness and freedom of information?

If any organisation in the UK should be alive to the importance of
full transparency in public matters and largesse with MP Expenses
for example, it should be IPSA?

Or have not enough MPs and Lords been sent to prison for expense
scandal?

Yours faithfully,

Calum McLean
10th December 2011

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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

12 December 2011


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Dear Mr McLean,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 10 December 2011. Your request for information has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The reference number for your request is FOI2011-110.

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards,

Miss Kiran Virdee
Assistant Private Secretary
Board and Chief Executive Office

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)
Portland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5BH
Tel: 020 7811 6400
www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk

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From: Calum McLean

13 December 2011

Dear Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of
Information reviews.

Thank you for the prompt and courteous reply.

However I must ask that an INTERNAL APPEAL to my FOI request be
made on two points.

1] Ipso facto, there has been an "Ipsa For MPs" Link. I would, as a
member of the public, like to exercise the right under the Freedom
of Information Act to be advised what was in there?

2] With all due respect, the Freedom of Information Acts do not
require the provision of the enquiror to supply intrusive personal
details. I would therefore suggest that your requirement for a site
registration and establishment of a password is an act of "ultra
vires".

I am suggesting that Ipsa are not entitled under the FOI law to
block members of the public from making freedom of information
enquiries?

Yet this is exactly what you are doing.

Please either remove the site registration and password blockage,
or indicate under what part of the legislation you rely for
exemption of the freedoms and spirit of the FOI legislation?

Please forgive my having to appeal your prompt reply, but you may
be aware of the problems the redoubtable Heather Brooke had with
FOI blockages, and where that particular line of enquiry went!

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ip...

Best regards,

Calum McLean

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From: FOI
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

19 December 2011

Dear Mr McLean,

Thank you for your e-mail dated 13 December 2011, requesting an internal review to be conducted on Freedom of Information request ref FOI2011-110.

I will forward this on to a senior IPSA official, who was not involved in the handling of the original request. The Director conducting your internal review will write to you separately to provide you their response. This is now likely to take place early in the new year.

Please quote the following reference number in any future correspondence ref: FOI2011-110-IR.

Kind regards,

Miss Kiran Virdee
Assistant Private Secretary
Board and Chief Executive Office

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)
Portland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5BH
Tel: 020 7811 6400
www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk

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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

13 March 2012


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Dear Mr McLean,

 

You wrote to IPSA on 23 November 2011 requesting an internal review on an
FOI request (ref:FOI2011-122). The review was conducted by IPSA’s Director
of Finance and Corporate Services, Bob Evans.

 

Please find attached a letter containing his findings.

 

Kind regards,

 

Tom Jenkins

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)

7th Floor, Portland House

Bressenden Place

London, SW1E 5BH

020 7811 6400

[1]www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk

 

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