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Covid - complaints (2021)

Request

  1. Please can you disclose all complaints that you have received against MPs (including government ministers) for non-compliance with House of Commons Covid regulations (eg: mask wearing, social distancing etc) in total since 1st March 2020 to today’s date. If possible can you also provide a breakdown of the nature of the complaint.
  2. Please can you disclose all complaints that you have received against all others in the House of Commons (House staff, MPs staff, SPADs, visitors, ancillary workers etc) for non-compliance with House of Commons Covid regulations (eg: mask wearing, social distancing etc) in total since 1st March 2020 to today’s date. If possible can you also provide a breakdown of the nature of the complaint.

 

Response


In the first instance please note that the House of Commons and the House of Lords are two separate public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Therefore, the information below only covers information about complaints held by the House of Commons. For information about complaints held by the House of Lords, you may wish to contact them directly.

1) Please can you disclose all complaints that you have received against MPs (including government ministers) for non-compliance with House of Commons Covid regulations (eg: mask wearing, social distancing etc) in total since 1st March 2020 to today’s date. If possible can you also provide a breakdown of the nature of the complaint.
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2) Please can you disclose all complaints that you have received against all others in the House of Commons (House staff, MPs staff, SPADs, visitors, ancillary workers etc) for non-compliance with House of Commons Covid regulations (eg: mask wearing, social distancing etc) in total since 1st March 2020 to today’s date. If possible can you also provide a breakdown of the nature of the complaint.

This information is held by the House of Commons.

The House holds information about complaints we have received against MPs, against others in the House of Commons and complaints where it is not recorded who it is against.

Details about all three categories, for the time period requested, with the subject of the complaint included in the last column.

Some information has been redacted in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

The names of individuals have been redacted from the table above. This is because either:

• They are a member of the public, an MP’s member of staff or a member of staff of the House of Commons, and their names are exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) FOIA. This is because disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
• They are a Member of Parliament, and their names are exempt under section 36(2)(c) FOIA. The Speaker of the House of Commons has formed the reasonable opinion, under this section of the Act, that disclosure of this correspondence would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. In the case of the House of Commons, section 36 provides an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

Complaints of the nature you have requested may also have been received by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. However, this information, should it be held, is subject to parliamentary privilege, and is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 34(2) FOIA. In order to avoid an infringement of the privileges of the House of Commons, the duty to confirm or deny whether the House of Commons holds such information does not apply. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

The safety and wellbeing of all those on the Parliamentary Estate is the main priority. The measures in place continue to be reviewed and updated, to ensure that the UK Parliament remains a Covid-19 secure workplace and in line with Public Health England guidance.