Dear House of Commons,

For each of the last 5 years please could you tell me
How many MPs were found to have claimed more expenses than they should have?
How many were made to pay it back?
How many were arrested?
How many charged?
How many jailed?

Yours faithfully,

Angie Nickson

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Ms Nickson,

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 19th January 2014,
received by us on the 20th January 2014, 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 17th February 2014.

 

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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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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Ms Nickson,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F14-038

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked a
number of questions about Members of the House of Commons.  We have sought
to answer your questions below.

 

1)  For each of the last 5 years please could you tell me how many MPs
were found to have claimed more expenses than they should have?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  The House of
Commons was responsible for the payment and administration of Members’
expenses until 7 May 2010. Aside from published information, records for
the period up to 31^st March 2010 are no longer held. This is in
accordance with the House’s retention policy.

 

The following information may be useful to you;

-      A “Review of Past ACA Payments” (the “Legg Review”) recommended
that a number of Members repay costs that were found to be inappropriate.
The findings, together with details of sums recommended to be repaid, can
be found at the following link:
[1]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

-      A spreadsheet summarising refunds received by the House between 1
April 2009 and 18 December 2009 can be found here (this includes
“non-Legg” refunds):
[2]http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslo...

-      The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has continued to
investigate complaints that relate to pre-2010 expenses. Details of her
investigations can be found at:
[3]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o...

-      The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) took over
responsibility for the administration of MPs’ expenses on 8 May 2010.
Information about IPSA’s scheme can be found at:
[4]http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/Pag...

 

2)  How many were made to pay it back?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  The House of
Commons was responsible for the payment and administration of Members’
expenses until 7 May 2010. Aside from information published records for
the period up to 31^st March 2010 are no longer held. This is in
accordance with the House’s retention policy.

 

Details of Members who made repayments between 1 April 2009 and 18
December 2009 can be found here:
[5]http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslo...

 

 

3)  How many were arrested?

and

4)  How many charged?

and

5)  How many jailed?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  On this occasion we
are unable to identify any other public authority from whom you may be
able to request this information.  Further, the information you require
constitutes personal data and is therefore likely to be exempt from
disclosure under Data Protection provisions. 

 

The following research paper may be of interest to you:
[6]http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commo...

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons.  Any such complaints should be addressed to: Freedom
of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA or [7][House of Commons request email].  Please ensure that you
specify the nature of your complaint and 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,
[8]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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

 

 

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Dear FOICOMMONS,

That was a very helpful reply thank you. it is possible to send me a copy of the retention schedule- I am very surprised that deletion should occur so quickly

Yours sincerely,

Angie Nickson

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Ms Nickson,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F14-072

 

Thank you for your request for further information as copied below. You
asked for a copy of the retention schedule.

 

This information is already publicly available on the Parliamentary
website here:
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/documents/uploa...

 

For your convenience you will see on page 18 that Financial Accounting
documents are scheduled for destruction 3 years after end of financial
year in which action was completed.

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons.  Any such complaints should be addressed to: Freedom
of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA or [2][House of Commons request email].  Please ensure that you
specify the nature of your complaint and 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,
[3]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

IRIS Officer

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

 

 

 

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NICE Officer FOICOMMONS,
Thank you for the information provided
Yours sincerely,

Angie Nickson

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