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star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept id 91 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Allowances more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the Members Estimate Committee, when it was determined to shred documentation on expenses claims submitted by hon. Members before 2010; and at what committee or decision-making body such a decision was taken. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bassetlaw more like this
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John Mann more like this
star this property uin 213008 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p>The House of Commons Commission (which was responsible for Members Estimate matters prior to the establishment of the Members Estimate Committee in 2004) agreed at its meeting of 21 October 2002 to implement a retention policy for financial papers, which would entail detailed claims, receipts, invoices and warrants being retained for three years after the end of the year of the transaction. This included documentation relating to Members’ allowances. The policy was incorporated into the Authorised Records Disposal Practice (ARDP) produced by the Parliamentary Archives and made available to Members and staff of both Houses on the parliamentary intranet in 2004. Decisions made by the House of Commons Commission and the Members Estimate Committee are published on the Parliament website.</p><p>Destruction of these records was paused in 2010 pending the conclusion of police inquiries, but was restarted on the previous basis in 2012 once legal proceedings were concluded. The only documentation destroyed in the last 12 months in relation to Members’ expenses has been background information to support claims, which was no longer needed after the 2010 general election when the House ceased to be responsible for expenses claims. This was done in April 2014.</p><p>While the original financial documents relating to MPs’ expenses were destroyed in compliance with the Authorised Records Disposal Policy (ARDP), more than a million documents and receipts, with some personal information redacted, were published online and subsequently updated. This information remains available on the Parliament website at: <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross more like this
unstar this property answering member printed John Thurso more like this
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213009 more like this
213010 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T15:11:56.6410126Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T15:11:56.6410126Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Thurso more like this
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1387
star this property label Biography information for Lord Mann more like this
106091
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept id 91 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Allowances more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the Members Estimate Committee, which documentation relating to expenses claims submitted by hon. Members in which years have been shredded in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bassetlaw more like this
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John Mann more like this
star this property uin 213009 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p>The House of Commons Commission (which was responsible for Members Estimate matters prior to the establishment of the Members Estimate Committee in 2004) agreed at its meeting of 21 October 2002 to implement a retention policy for financial papers, which would entail detailed claims, receipts, invoices and warrants being retained for three years after the end of the year of the transaction. This included documentation relating to Members’ allowances. The policy was incorporated into the Authorised Records Disposal Practice (ARDP) produced by the Parliamentary Archives and made available to Members and staff of both Houses on the parliamentary intranet in 2004. Decisions made by the House of Commons Commission and the Members Estimate Committee are published on the Parliament website.</p><p>Destruction of these records was paused in 2010 pending the conclusion of police inquiries, but was restarted on the previous basis in 2012 once legal proceedings were concluded. The only documentation destroyed in the last 12 months in relation to Members’ expenses has been background information to support claims, which was no longer needed after the 2010 general election when the House ceased to be responsible for expenses claims. This was done in April 2014.</p><p>While the original financial documents relating to MPs’ expenses were destroyed in compliance with the Authorised Records Disposal Policy (ARDP), more than a million documents and receipts, with some personal information redacted, were published online and subsequently updated. This information remains available on the Parliament website at: <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross more like this
unstar this property answering member printed John Thurso more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
213008 more like this
213010 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T15:11:56.9066587Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T15:11:56.9066587Z
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1399
star this property label Biography information for Viscount Thurso more like this
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1387
star this property label Biography information for Lord Mann more like this
106092
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept id 91 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Members Estimate Committee more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Allowances more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the Members Estimate Committee, when the decision to destroy documentation relating to hon. Members' expenses claims from before 2010 was reported to the House. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bassetlaw more like this
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John Mann more like this
star this property uin 213010 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p>The House of Commons Commission (which was responsible for Members Estimate matters prior to the establishment of the Members Estimate Committee in 2004) agreed at its meeting of 21 October 2002 to implement a retention policy for financial papers, which would entail detailed claims, receipts, invoices and warrants being retained for three years after the end of the year of the transaction. This included documentation relating to Members’ allowances. The policy was incorporated into the Authorised Records Disposal Practice (ARDP) produced by the Parliamentary Archives and made available to Members and staff of both Houses on the parliamentary intranet in 2004. Decisions made by the House of Commons Commission and the Members Estimate Committee are published on the Parliament website.</p><p>Destruction of these records was paused in 2010 pending the conclusion of police inquiries, but was restarted on the previous basis in 2012 once legal proceedings were concluded. The only documentation destroyed in the last 12 months in relation to Members’ expenses has been background information to support claims, which was no longer needed after the 2010 general election when the House ceased to be responsible for expenses claims. This was done in April 2014.</p><p>While the original financial documents relating to MPs’ expenses were destroyed in compliance with the Authorised Records Disposal Policy (ARDP), more than a million documents and receipts, with some personal information redacted, were published online and subsequently updated. This information remains available on the Parliament website at: <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/members-allowances/house-of-commons/</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross more like this
unstar this property answering member printed John Thurso more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
213008 more like this
213009 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T15:11:57.0051776Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T15:11:57.0051776Z
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1399
star this property label Biography information for Viscount Thurso more like this
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1387
star this property label Biography information for Lord Mann more like this
41946
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star this property date less than 2014-03-06more like thismore than 2014-03-06
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Speaker's Committee for Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
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unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what criteria the IPSA Contingency Panel used to grant uplifts to hon. Members' staffing expenditure budgets in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 190930 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Andrew McDonald, 3/10/2014 2013:</em></p><blockquote><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about IPSA's Contingency Panel.</p><p>The rules concerning the Contingency Panel are set out at Paragraph 10.12 of the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses.</p><p>They set out that in relation to each application the Contingency Panel will consider:</p><p>a. whether there are exceptional circumstances warranting additional support;</p><p>b. whether the MP could reasonably have been expected to take any action to avoid the circumstances which gave rise to the expenditure or liability; and</p><p>c. whether the MP's performance of parliamentary functions will be significantly impaired by a refusal of the claim.</p><p>Given the significant increase in staffing budgets made in 2012/13, we have not provided contingency funding for MPs' staffing expenditure budgets on the basis of increased casework in 2013/14.</p></blockquote>
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-06more like thismore than 2014-03-06
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Speaker's Committee for Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
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unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest uplift allocated to hon. Members' staff expenditure budgets was in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 190931 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Andrew McDonald, 3/10/2014 2013:</em></p><blockquote><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about IPSA's Contingency Panel.</p><p>In 2012/13 the highest uplift approved by the Contingency Panel was £13,909 and the lowest was £600.</p><p>In 2013/14 to date, the highest has been £17,900 and the lowest £600.</p><p> </p><p>These figures do not include other uplifts to provide cover for staff on maternity, paternity, adoption and long term sick leave.</p></blockquote><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-18T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many staff were employed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) at its London headquarters on 1 June 2010; and of those employees how many are currently employed by IPSA. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 195887 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-14more like thismore than 2014-05-14
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p> </p><p><em>Letter from Paul Hayes, May 2014:</em></p><p> </p><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about the number of staff employed by IPSA.</p><p> </p><p>The below data include individuals on permanent and fixed-term contracts and on secondment. Data are not available for temporary staff, who in June 2010 made up the majority of our workforce.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Employed by IPSA on 1 June 2010</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><em>of which still employed</em></p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-14T12:00:00.00Z
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1493
star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
92880
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star this property date less than 2014-10-13more like thismore than 2014-10-13
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Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Allowances more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, on what criteria additional staff allowances other than for staff sickness or maternity leave are given to hon. Members. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 210218 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Marcial Boo, October 2014:</em></p><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about the criteria for additional staffing expenditure budget.</p><p><em>The MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses</em> sets out the criteria for contingency funding in Chapter 10. We consider applications for additional funding for staffing or non-staffing costs on a case-by-case basis and take into account the following criteria:</p><ul><li>whether there are exceptional circumstances warranting additional support;</li><li>whether the MP could reasonably have been expected to take any action to avoid the circumstances which gave rise to the expenditure or liability; and</li><li>whether the MP's performance of his or her parliamentary functions would be significantly impaired by a refusal of the claim.</li></ul><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T13:16:51.9015807Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T13:16:51.9015807Z
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1493
star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
92881
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star this property date less than 2014-10-13more like thismore than 2014-10-13
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Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property hansard heading Members' Staff more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what comparative estimate the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has made of the cost to the public purse of providing accommodation for hon. Members' staff in (a) constituency offices and (b) the parliamentary estate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 210217 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Marcial Boo, October 2014:</em></p><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about office accommodation for MPs' staff.</p><p>We have not conducted such a comparative estimate.</p><p>Under the <em>MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses</em>, MPs may choose where to locate their staff, based on how they wish to carry out their parliamentary functions. If an MP chooses to base some or all of his or her staff in the constituency, the costs associated with office rental may be charged to the MP’s Office Costs Expenditure budget (administered and paid for by IPSA). Costs associated with provision of an office on the Parliamentary estate are borne by the House of Commons centrally.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T13:16:35.158808Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T13:16:35.158808Z
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1493
star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
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Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property hansard heading Members' Staff more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many responses were received to IPSA's public consultation on MPs staffing allocations; of these, how many related to internships; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of that consultation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colchester more like this
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Sir Bob Russell more like this
star this property uin 210656 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Marcial Boo, October 2014:</em></p><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about IPSA's consultation on the staffing expenditure budget.</p><p>IPSA last consulted the public and MPs on the composition of the staffing expenditure budget in November 2011. We asked on what basis we should calculate the staffing expenditure budget and whether we should take into account factors such as the relative deprivation of the constituency. The relevant consultation question received 45 responses, four of which mentioned interns. All of our public consultations and the responses are available on our website <a href="http://www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk</a></p><p>Following the consultation, for 2012-13 we increased MPs’ staffing expenditure budgets by 19% for non-London Area MPs and 25 per cent for London Area MPs.</p><p>We have reviewed the level of the staffing expenditure budget as part of subsequent annual reviews and further increased the budget by 1 per cent this year. For 2014-15 the budget is £138,600 for non-London Area MPs and £145,500 for London Area MPs.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T13:15:53.1547825Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T13:15:53.1547825Z
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1493
star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Bob Russell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-09more like thismore than 2014-07-09
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Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept id 90 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
star this property hansard heading ICT more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops were lost by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Exeter more like this
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Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin 204809 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-16more like thismore than 2014-07-16
star this property answer text <p>The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p><em>Letter from Marcial Boo, July 2014:</em></p><p>As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about the loss of IT equipment.</p><p>In 2013 and 2014 to date, no mobile telephones, BlackBerrys or laptops were lost by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
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less than 2014-07-16T12:48:21.9721066Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-16T12:48:21.9721066Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this