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Speaker's Office Expenditure (2016)

Request

An itemised breakdown of all spending charged to the Speaker’s official House account over the past five years.

Could this disclosure include a description of what the spending was incurred for, and what event it related to.


 

Response

The Speaker is committed to cutting costs wherever possible, and the overall expenditure of the Speaker’s Office has fallen during his tenure from £626,029 in 2009/10 to £504,737 in 2014/15, representing a reduction of 19.4 per cent since he was elected to the role.

The House of Commons holds records since April 2012. Details of spending charged to the Speakers official House account in the scope of your request for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to date (14 January 2016). Records prior to this time have been destroyed in accordance with the parliamentary records disposal policy.

Please note that while the expenditure as detailed on the spreadsheet relates to Mr Speaker and the nine staff of the Speaker’s Office, the salaries and staff costs expenditure relates solely to Speaker’s Office staff and not Mr Speaker.
Staff payroll numbers have been redacted from the spreadsheets.  This information is exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the exemption for personal information), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

Information relating to Mr Speaker’s travel expenses are proactively published on the parliamentary website quarterly since June 2013.
Details for previous years can be found on our Freedom of Information Disclosures pages.   As this information you request 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.

Details of costs for any Speakers Office official ceremonial garments up to August 2015 can be found on our Disclosures page.
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.

Details of any costs of ceremonial garments from August 2015 is included in the spreadsheet on spending.