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PQ Disclosure Log

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									                                                                                   Parliamentary Questions disclosure log
Total: 181

Cost: £27,874 (based on House of Commons estimate of £154 per question)

  PQ              Date         MP                                     Question                                                                                                   Answer
number
51619        3/4/2011    Laura Sandys     If he will request the Independent Parliamentary Standards            Figures for the financial year 2010-11 have not yet been finalised. We will be publishing details of all Members staffing costs in July and
                                          Authority to publish the highest amount claimed by an hon.            will write to you with this information at that time.
                                          Member for staff costs over the financial year 2010-11.
49475        3/24/2011   John Spellar     Pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column      The Board routinely assesses IPSA’s presence in the media. Any substantive discussions on matters relating to the Board can be found in
                                          2W, on departmental publications, what assessment the board has       the Minutes of the Board which once agreed, in keeping with IPSA’s policy on transparency, are posted on IPSA’s website.
                                          made of Mr Ken Olisa's remarks.
45793        09/03/201   Helen Jones      Pursuant to his Answer of 3 February 2011, Official Report, column    The Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as amended by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, provided that there be a
                                          510W, on pay: staff, which actual compliance roles were used as       Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
                                          comparators to determine the salary range for the Independent         We considered a range of vacancies being offered for Compliance Officer roles at the time we began the recruitment process in order to
                                          Parliamentary Standards Authority's new compliance officer.           help us establish the range in which to advertise the salary. These vacancies were primarily in the financial sector. We did this was for
                                                                                                                indicative purposes only and, for this reason, did not consider it necessary to keep a record. These advertised salaries ranged between
                                                                                                                £70,000 and £120,000. We then sought advice from our recruitment consultants who recommended a salary range corroborating the
                                                                                                                range identified by our internal research. Having received this advice, we took the view that this range was too high (whilst taking into
                                                                                                                account the knowledge, experience and capabilities required for this statutory office) and advertised a lower rate equivalent to an IPSA
                                                                                                                Grade F position (pay band £60,000 to £73,000, full-time equivalent).
49474        3/24/2011   John Spellar     Pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2011, Official Report, column      The members of staff did not receive any payment on their departure.
                                          3W, on employment, whether the three members of staff received
                                          any payment on their departure from the Independent
                                          Parliamentary Standards Authority.
48197        3/18/2011   Chris Ruane      What arrangements are in place in the Independent Parliamentary       IPSA seeks to promote a healthy work-life balance for its employees. IPSA has recently developed a stress risk assessment which
                                          Standards Authority to (a) reduce levels of work-based stress and     managers will shortly start using to identify symptoms of stress in both individuals and teams. The assistance provided will depend on the
                                          (b) provide assistance to staff diagnosed with such stress.           cause of stress.

46885        3/11/2011   Yasmin Qureshi   On what date the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority        IPSA will outline MPs’ budget limits for 2011-12 when it publishes the revised MPs’ Expenses Scheme on 25 March 2011.
                                          expects to publish budget limits for 2011-12.
45797        3/9/2011    Helen Jones      What the cost to the public purse was of recruitment consultancy      IPSA agreed to a fee of £1,500 + VAT for the recruitment consultancy services used for the recruitment of the Compliance Officer for
                                          services used for the recruitment of the Independent                  IPSA, an office provided for in statute by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as amended by the Constitutional Reform and
                                          Parliamentary Standards Authority's incoming compliance officer.      Governance Act 2010.
                                                                                                                The recruitment consultancy's services included providing assistance in drawing up a job description, preparing and placing the
                                                                                                                advertisement for the job in the Sunday Times, updating and advertising the vacancy and a dedicated micro-website, and undertaking an
                                                                                                                initial sift of the 60 applications received in response to the advertisement.
45128        3/4/2011    John Spellar     How many people have terminated their employment at the               Three members of staff have resigned since IPSA’s inception.
                                          Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority since its
                                          inception.
44623        3/3/2011    Caroline Lucas   For what reasons the Independent Parliamentary Standards              IPSA took the decision to offer new MPs’ staff members a salary sacrifice scheme for childcare vouchers on the basis that this type of
                                          Authority decided to (a) remove the childcare salary supplement       scheme is common practice across large parts of the public and private sector.
                                          scheme for new members' staff and replace it with a salary            The childcare salary supplement scheme payments for returning MPs' staff is taken from the staffing budget on the grounds that these
                                          sacrifice scheme, (b) take the childcare salary supplement scheme     payments form part of MPs' overall staffing costs and should therefore fall under this budget category.
                                          payments for returning members' staff from the staffing budget        The reason IPSA operates seperate arrangements for returning MPs' staff and new MPs' staff is because IPSA did not want to alter
                                          rather than a central budget and (c) operate different childcare      existing contractual arrangements in this regard for returning MPs' staff, but wanted to bring the practice for new MPs' staff into line
                                          support arrangements for new members' staff and returning             with the practice that is common across most sectors.
                                          members' staff.
44624        3/3/2011    Caroline Lucas   What estimate the Independent Parliamentary Standards                 The financial benefit per month based on a salary supplement scheme would be £336 per month for an employee who has two children
                                          Authority (IPSA) has made of the financial benefit per month to a     under the age of 5 years. This £336 would be subject to income tax and national insurance contribution and the exact amount will
                                          member of staff with two children under five working full time for    therefore vary per employee. The benefit for employees in receipt of childcare vouchers is the difference between the net and gross
                                          an hon. Member would receive under (a) the salary supplement          amount of the salary sacrifice, which can be up to £243 per month, irrespective of the number of children they have.
                                          scheme and (b) the salary sacrifice scheme in the latest period for
                                          which figures are available; what consultation IPSA undertook on
                                          the equity of the changes made to such childcare support
                                          arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

43252        2/28/2011   Chris Ruane      Whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has         IPSA employees may apply for reasonable time off for voluntary public duties. IPSA also enables employees to donate via the payroll
                                          a policy to encourage its employees to (a) volunteer and (b)          system. IPSA will be developing these policies further over the coming months.
                                          donate via payroll giving.
41806        2/16/2011   Bob Russell      For what purposes the Independent Parliamentary Standards             IPSA has not engaged the services of Saxton Bampfylde and no money has been paid to this agency.
                                          Authority engaged the recruitment agency Saxton Bampfylde; and
                                          how much was paid to that agency in fees.
41679        2/16/2011   John Spellar     Whether the board of the Independent Parliamentary Standards          The Board does not seek to authorise comments made by members in the course of dealings with the media.
                                          Authority authorised the comments made by Mr Ken Olisa in his
                                          interview with Total Politics magazine published on 5 January
                                          2011.
40437        2/9/2011    Bob Russell      How much members of the Board of the Independent                      Details of expense claims made by IPSA Board Member in the first and second quarters of the current financial year (2010-11) are
                                          Parliamentary Standards Authority have claimed under each             available on IPSA’s website. The only claim made in the third quarter was as follows:
                                          category in each month since their appointment.                       Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker: £57.50 for Travel to Board Meeting. No claims have been made in the fourth quarter to date.
40429   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   How many public opinion surveys the Independent Parliamentary           IPSA has commissioned one public opinion survey, in November 2010. The survey was conducted by YouGov, who were selected
                                 Standards Authority (IPSA) has commissioned; what the cost of           following a competitive procurement process, at a cost of £2,600. The questions were composed by YouGov working from a brief
                                 each was; who composed the questions in each survey; and if he          provided by IPSA.
                                 will arrange for IPSA to place in the Library a copy of the questions   IPSA published the survey questions in its publication Annual Review of the MPs’ Expenses Scheme Consultation – January 2011. This
                                 asked.                                                                  document was lodged with the Vote Office on 5 January 2011 who deposited copies in the Library.
40433   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   How much the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority              IPSA has, since its inception to 14 February 2011, made payments totalling £2,219,000 to Calyx.
                                 has paid Calyx UK Ltd since its inception; what payments are            We anticipate making further payments totalling £407,000 in the remainder of the current financial year.
                                 anticipated to be made in the remainder of the current financial        We are still in the process of compiling our estimate for 2011-12.
                                 year; and what estimate has been made of the payments to be
                                 made in 2011-12.
40435   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   What discussions the Independent Parliamentary Standards                IPSA took careful steps in the planning of the filming to ensure no personal data of MPs was disclosed. The BBC were asked to provide,
                                 Authority (IPSA) had in respect of (a) security and (b) data            and gave, strict assurances that no personal data of MPs would be shown in any of their camera shots. Appropriate steps were taken in
                                 protection were undertaken before permission was granted for            the planning of and execution of the filming to ensure no such details were shown and the BBC gave an undertaking that it would not
                                 the BBC to film the personal details of hon. Members at IPSA            show any such data were any to be filmed inadvertently.
                                 offices for broadcast on 3 February 2011.
40438   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   How much has been paid in salary to members of the Board of the         The Chairman and the Board of IPSA are not salaried; instead, they are paid a per diem rate for their time, at the rate advertised at the
                                 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in each month             time of their recruitment. The payments made from April 2010 to January 2011 are set out in the table below. Amounts paid prior to 1
                                 since their appointment.                                                April 2010 were published in IPSA’s annual report for 2010-11, which is available on the IPSA website at
                                                                                                         www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk. (Table attached)
40431   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   What services and equipment Calyx UK Ltd provide to the                 The scope of the contract with Calyx UK Ltd and Calyx Managed Services Ltd covers infrastructure and enterprise software support.
                                 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority; and whether              Infrastructure support includes server hardware, desktops and laptops, network hardware, office infrastructure, firewalls, anti-virus, web
                                 quotes from other suppliers were obtained before the contract           proxy and hosting services, Wide Area Network link, security solutions, email and telephony.
                                 with Calyx was signed.                                                  Enterprise support includes software support for financial accounting, the online expense system, payroll, human resources and a
                                                                                                         relationship management system.
                                                                                                         IPSA selected Calyx as its ICT systems provider following a structured procurement exercise run through OGC Buying Solutions. A number
                                                                                                         of specialist ICT providers bid for the work and were evaluated against pre-agreed criteria by a selection panel made-up of IPSA Directors
                                                                                                         and ICT staff working for IPSA. The OGC maintained an oversight of the procurement.
                                                                                                         Three responses were received to the invitation to tender for the Infrastructure Solution and three for the Enterprise Solution.
                                                                                                         The scope of the contract with Calyx UK Ltd and Calyx Managed Services Ltd covers infrastructure and enterprise software support.
                                                                                                         Infrastructure support includes server hardware, desktops and laptops, network hardware, office infrastructure, firewalls, anti-virus, web
40436   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   How many hours each member of the Board of the Independent              The table hosting services, number of days and hours between December 2009 and January 2011 for which the Chairman and Board
                                                                                                         proxy and below details theWide Area Network link, security solutions, email and telephony.
                                 Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) have spent on their            members have received remuneration. IPSA does not collect information that distinguishes between the number of hours the Board have
                                 duties at (a) the offices of IPSA and (b) elsewhere in each month       spent on their duties at the offices of IPSA or elsewhere. The hours charged under-represent the actual number of hours Board members
                                 since their appointment.                                                have committed to IPSA. (Table attached)
40434   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   How many items of furniture of each type the Independent                The total cost of furniture obtained from Triumph was £239,000 (excluding VAT). The number of items of furniture purchased, and the
                                 Parliamentary Standards Authority purchased from Triumph                type and cost of each item is set out in a schedule, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons library.
                                 Corporate Furniture and Storage; what the cost was of each item;        Triumph was selected to supply furniture to IPSA following a structured procurement exercise run through OGC Buying Solutions. Three
                                 and whether quotes from other suppliers were obtained before            suppliers who provide standard office furniture were approached and responded and, of those three, Triumph provided the best solution
                                 the order was placed.                                                   in terms of design, flexibility, and price, and was able to deliver against a tight timescale. (Table attached).

40430   2/9/2011   Bob Russell   if he will request the Independent Parliamentary Standards              We have undertaken to publish details of expenditure on items over £25,000. This is consistent with the Government’s transparency
                                 Authority to publish a list of the expenditure it has incurred for      agenda. There are no plans at this stage routinely to publish items below this threshold but we will keep this policy under review.
                                 sums lower than £25,000.
39156   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   What the job descriptions are for the Independent Parliamentary         As of 28 February, the communications team consists of two people. Copies of their job descriptions have been placed in the House of
                                 Standards Authority's communications officers.                          Commons library.

39159   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   If he will publish the career history of those people employed as Details of the career history of our Director of Communications are available on IPSA’s website. I will not, however, be releasing details of
                                 communications officers for the Independent Parliamentary         the career history of the other two members of the communications team as these members of staff do not form part of IPSA’s senior
                                 Standards Authority.                                              management and I consider this to constitute personal information which should be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act
                                                                                                   1998.
39154   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   How many apologies the Independent Parliamentary Standards        IPSA does not keep a record of apologies it has issued for wrongly rejecting claims. We do, of course, apologise whenever we have acted
                                 Authority has issued to hon. Members for wrongly rejecting claims in error.
                                 for expenditure incurred.
39160   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   How many communications officers are employed by the              Our communications team consists of three people.
                                 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
39155   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   How many expense claims from hon. Members have been rejected Since 7 May 2010 IPSA has found, following requests from MPs for reviews of determinations not to reimburse a claim due to insufficient
                                 by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) on evidence being submitted, that in some 58 cases (of over 96,000 processed to date) sufficient evidence had in fact been submitted at the
                                 the grounds that insufficient evidence was provided but it was    time the original determination was made. In each case, the original determinations were consequently overturned and the claims
                                 subsequently found to be the fault of IPSA losing the             reimbursed. In none of these cases is it clear that the original determination was made as a result of a loss of documentation by IPSA.
                                 documentation provided since IPSA's inception.

39157   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   What the salaries are of the Independent Parliamentary Standards        The salaries of the members of the communications team have previously been published, in £5,000 bands, in answer to Parliamentary
                                 Authority's communications officers.                                    Questions 15729 and 15730, published in Hansard on 12 October 2010, column 260W. (Document attached)
39158   2/4/2011   Bob Russell   If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will        We have no plans to take such steps. Whilst we do provide support and advice to MPs by telephone, we do not believe that it is
                                 take steps to ensure all communications between IPSA and hon.           appropriate or beneficial to make this the sole method of communication for the purposes suggested.
                                 Members for the purposes of clarification of a submitted claim is
                                 required to take place on the telephone.
38205   2/2/2011   Helen Jones   What comparators the board of the Independent Parliamentary             The recruitment process for the compliance officer is currently underway and the salary any successful candidate will be offered will be
                                 Standards Authority used to determine the salary to be offered to       dependent on the skills and experience of the candidate.
                                 its incoming compliance officer.                                        The advertised salary range was determined following a market comparison which was undertaken by reviewing similar compliance roles
                                                                                                         currently being advertised and following advice from the recruitment consultancy.
35447   1/19/2011    Mrs Anne Main   What consultation was conducted by the Independent                    Many MPs had said to us that they felt that they had to wait too long when calling our information line. In the light of this feedback, we
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) prior to the 50 per cent.    decided to switch to a different model, where our ‘phone lines are open for a shorter period but they are staffed more intensively during
                                     reduction in the opening hours of the IPSA telephone enquiry          that period. The approach we have taken reflects both the feedback we have received from MPs themselves but also our own data,
                                     service.                                                              which shows that more MPs and their staff choose to call us in the afternoon. The outcome of this approach has been a marked
                                                                                                           improvement in the service we provide to MPs and their staff. Previously, we were answering around 50 per cent of calls in 60 seconds.
                                                                                                           In the fortnight since we introduced the new operating hours, call volumes have remained steady - but we are now answering around 98
                                                                                                           per cent of calls within 60 seconds.
35148   1/19/2011    Mr Bernard       How much has been paid by the Independent Parliamentary              We have paid a total of £110,672.50 to Members for the provision of website services in this financial year and such payments have been
                     Jenkin          Standards Authority to hon. Members for the provision of website made to 149 Members.
                                     services in the current financial year to date; and in respect of how
                                     many hon. Members such payments have been made.

34371   1/17/2011    Bob Russell     Whether allowance limits for hon. Members will be increased to        For the remainder of this financial year, the budget limits set out in the MPs’ Expenses Scheme will not be increased to cover the increase
                                     cover increases in (a) the rate of value added tax and (b) National   in VAT. Decisions regarding the budget limits for 2011-12 will be taken as part of the Annual Review of the Expenses Scheme, which is
                                     Insurance contributions for staff.                                    currently underway. The decisions will take account of the rates of VAT (for those expenses on which VAT is paid) and National Insurance
                                                                                                           Contributions in 2011-12. We will publish the budget limits for 2011-12 during March 2011.

32916   12/22/2010   Miss Anne       What the average time taken by the Independent Parliamentary          IPSA does not monitor the time taken to process rental claims independently of other claims. IPSA has a target of processing 95% of all
                     McIntosh        Standards Authority to process claims for rental payments was in      claims within 12 working days, where appropriate evidence has been provided. If property has not been registered, or insufficient
                                     the latest period for which figures are available; what target time   evidence has been supplied, the time taken to process a claim may be extended. During November 2010 – the latest period for which
                                     has been set for the processing of such claims; what the reason       figures are available - 89.81% of claims were processed within 12 working days, This represents 13,156 out of a total of 14,648 claims
                                     has been for the time taken to process such claims; and if he will    received.
                                     make a statement.                                                     The average time taken to process a claim during November was 7.33 working days.
32917   12/22/2010   Miss Anne       For what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards               The new operating hours for the telephone enquiry service are being introduced in order to provide a more effective service to users by
                     McIntosh        Authority (IPSA) proposes to operate its telephone enquiry service    concentrating the available resources during the peak period for demand between 1pm and 5pm. IPSA receives between 150 and 200
                                     between the hours of 1pm and 5pm on weekdays; for what reason         calls per day, and monitors demand for its telephone advice service carefully. It is intended that, by concentrating resources to the
                                     no telephone enquiry service is to be provided before 1pm; what       busiest period, it will be possible to answer calls more promptly.
                                     the cost to IPSA was of operating the system under the existing       Our aim in doing this is to provide a more speedy and cost-effective service to MPs and their staff.
                                     hours; what estimate IPSA made of the cost of operating the           The cost of the current service is based on staff costs for 4 dedicated team members; the revised service will be based on 7.5 members of
                                     system under the new hours; and if he will make a statement.          staff available between 1pm and 5pm.

32524   12/21/2010   John Spellar    Pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2010, Official Report,          I can confirm that a copy of the correspondence will be placed in the Library.
                                     column 856W, on Members: allowances, if the Independent
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority will arrange for a copy of the
                                     correspondence to be placed in the Library.
31056   12/14/2010   John Spellar    On which dates the Independent Parliamentary Standards                IPSA received a Freedom of Information request from the Times newspaper on 22 September. We responded on 19 October advising the
                                     Authority (IPSA) received a request for information under the         requestor that we would require more time to consider the use of a qualified exemption. On 19 November we provided a substantive
                                     provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from The Times      answer. On 22 November we received a further request pursuant to our response. This resulted in the release of additional information
                                     newspaper on Members' expenses; and on what dates the IPSA            on 30 November and further information on 14 December.
                                     responded.
30883   12/10/2010   Bob Russell     Pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2010, what the appropriate       Following the claims made in the House on 2 December, I met the individual named to discuss the matter. I have not seen any evidence
                                     steps were which the Interim Chief Executive took to investigate      to support the allegations made. Hence, I fully endorse the statement made by IPSA’s Chairman on 2 December refuting the allegations.
                                     allegations of improper behaviour by staff at the Independent
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority made in the House on 2
                                     December; and what the position is of each member of staff
                                     investigated for evidence to support the allegations.

30407   12/9/2010    John Mann       How many business bank accounts operated by the offices of hon. IPSA can register a number of bank accounts for each MP; the purposes of each are determined by MPs themselves. By the end of
                                     Members the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority              November, IPSA had made payments relating to MPs’ salaries and expenses into a total of 1,483 bank accounts. This number includes not
                                     made payments in the latest period for which figures are available. only MPs’ bank accounts, but accounts held by certain members of MPs’ staff and MPs’ landlords. Of these 1,483 bank accounts, some
                                                                                                            295 are, for IPSA’s purposes, operated by MPs exclusively for the payment of expenses. A further 645 of the 1,483 bank accounts are
                                                                                                            used to pay MPs’ salaries, and we estimate that some 348 of these 645 are also used for the payment of expenses and other non-
                                                                                                            personal transactions.
29703   12/7/2010    Bob Russell     Whether contracts of employment signed by Independent                  All IPSA staff are required to sign contracts of employment which include conditions relating to confidentiality. All staff have also signed a
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority staff include conditions relating separate confidentiality agreement.
                                     to confidentiality; and if he will make a statement.
29686   12/7/2010    Bob Russell     If he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) application form and Applicants were requested to send their CV and a supporting statement based on the job specification and person specification. This
                                     (b) supporting documentation for the person appointed as               information constitutes personal data and I will therefore not be releasing it. Copies of the job description and person specification are,
                                     Director of Communications for the Independent Parliamentary           however, available on the IPSA website.
                                     Standards Authority.
29495   12/7/2010    John Mann       How many site visits were carried out by the Independent               During October 2010, IPSA officials carried out five visits to Westminster offices to discuss policy matters, and 50 visits for assistance with
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority in October and November              the online expenses system. In November 2010, IPSA officials made five visits to MPs in their constituencies, 10 visits to Westminster
                                     2010.                                                                  offices to discuss policy, and 53 visits for assistance with the online expenses system. In addition, IPSA Board members paid MPs two
                                                                                                            visits during this period.
29714   12/7/2010    Bob Russell     What steps have been taken to investigate allegations that             I take any allegations about improper behaviour by members of IPSA’s staff, from whatever source, extremely seriously. Following those
                                     informal media briefings were provided prior to the publication of made in the House of Commons on 2 December relating to briefing of journalists, I took appropriate steps to investigate these and I have
                                     Parliamentary expenses information on 2 December 2010; and if seen no evidence supporting these allegations. I therefore fully endorse the statement made by IPSA’s Chairman on 2 December refuting
                                     he will make a statement.                                              them.
29687   12/7/2010    Bob Russell     With which media organisations (a) the Director of                     IPSA’s policy is that any media enquiries are dealt with by the communications team. In the course of their work, staff in IPSA’s
                                     Communications, (b) staff in the communications section and (c) communications team regularly speak to members of media organisations. During the two weeks prior to publication, communications
                                     other staff in the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority team members responded to telephone enquiries from a large number of journalists from both the national and regional media. We do
                                     communicated in the two weeks prior to the publication on 2            not keep records of calls received.
                                     December 2010 of information on hon. Members' expenses.
29497   12/7/2010    John Mann        How much the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority         The MPs’ Expense Scheme provides for two limits on constituency office rental costs: one for constituency offices in the London Area as
                                      spent on each type of office rental in the latest period for which defined by the Scheme, and one for constituency offices outside the London Area.
                                      figures are available.                                             Taking both bands together, the lowest monthly office rental payment paid by IPSA since May 2010 was for £102.30 and the highest was
                                                                                                         for £1,117.50 per month.
                                                                                                         Not all rental contracts are directly comparable. Some will solely cover the right to occupy the premises. Others will encompass ancillary
                                                                                                         services such as cleaning or may include provision for energy costs. Care should therefore be taken when making comparisons, and the
                                                                                                         highest figure quoted here includes cleaning and energy costs.
29685   12/7/2010    Bob Russell      By what means the post of Director of Communications at the        The post of the Director of Communications was initially advertised in February 2010, but a candidate was not found. In May 2010, the
                                      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was advertised;      role was re-advertised online on a number of websites, including PR Week, Guardian Jobs, Exec-Appointments.com, Green Park,
                                      who was responsible for drawing up the shortlist of candidates for Executivesontheweb.com, and diverse-leaders.com. Candidates were shortlisted for interview by IPSA from a long-list of applicants.
                                      that role; how many people were included on the shortlist of       There were four candidates on the shortlist. Final interviews were conducted by IPSA’s Chief Executive, IPSA’s Chairman, and an
                                      candidates; who sat on the interview panel; and on what date the independent panel member. The successful candidate’s appointment took effect on 20 September 2010.
                                      appointment took effect.
29496   12/7/2010    John Mann        How many hon. Members have been refused advance loans by the We offered Members the facility to apply for an interest-free advance of up to £4,000 each. The advance is to assist Members to cover
                                      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in 2010 to date. any expenses they incur that are allowable under the Scheme. As of 8 December, 253 Members had applied for and had received such
                                                                                                         an advance. No applications for advances of up to £4,000 have been refused. One application for a greater sum was refused. This
                                                                                                         application was subsequently resubmitted for a permissible amount and approved. We have also provided loans for deposits on rented
                                                                                                         office and living accommodation. As of 8 December, 172 loans have been made to 157 Members. No applications for such loans have
                                                                                                         been refused. In one instance a Member submitted and subsequently withdrew an application as the deposit was no longer required.

27943   11/30/2010   David Winnick    What the (a) names, (b) responsibilities and (c) annual salaries are A substantive answer to the hon. Member’s Question was provided on Friday 3 December *Official Report , col. 1076W] (Table attached)
                                      of each member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards
                                      Authority's senior management team.

26780   11/24/2010   David Winnick    What procedure is followed in handling e-mails sent by hon.            The majority of correspondence sent to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is dealt with by the Information Team, who
                                      Members to the Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary        have the information and the authority to deal with most queries. Members of this team pass on correspondence when appropriate.
                                      Standards Authority; what arrangements are made to ensure that         Emails sent direct to me, as Chief Executive, are handled according to the nature of the query. Routine queries are passed to the
                                      the Chief Executive sees such correspondence; and what target          Information Team for reply; complaints are handled under IPSA’s complaints procedure; and, in a small number of cases, queries are
                                      time is set for the provision of a response.                           dealt with either by my office on my behalf, or by me direct. The overall target for correspondence within the organisation is to resolve
                                                                                                             90% within five working days. Correspondence to be answered by me or by my office specifically is, by its nature, more complicated and
                                                                                                             tends to raise broader policy issues. Consequently, the expectation is that more items in this category will fall outside the overall five-day
                                                                                                             target. I approve all letters sent under my name.
26072   11/19/2010   John Mann        What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards             IPSA does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews for its own vacancies.
                                      Authority is on the reimbursement of travel expenses of those
                                      called for interviews for jobs with the Authority.
26071   11/19/2010   John Mann        What comparators the Independent Parliamentary Standards               Reimbursement for travel expenses for interview candidates, while still prevalent in some industries, is no longer standard practice in
                                      Authority took into account in determining its policy on payment       either the public or private sectors.
                                      for reimbursement of travel expenses for persons travelling to job
                                      interviews with hon. Members.
26016   11/19/2010   John Mann        What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards             Travel expenses for interview candidates are not a reimbursable expense under the MPs’ Expenses Scheme. Support for travel expenses
                                      Authority is on responsibility for the reimbursement of travel         may be available from Job Centre Plus for certain candidates.
                                      expenses of candidates who have interviewed for jobs with hon.
                                      Members.
25196   11/17/2010   David Winnick    What the (a) names, (b) responsibilities and (c) annual salaries are   Andrew McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Responsible for management and leadership of IPSA, delivery of its business plan and the
                                      of each member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards              Board’s strategic objectives, £105,000 - £109,999. Bob Evans, Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Responsible for the financial
                                      Authority's senior management team.                                    management of IPSA, and for its corporate service functions, including Human Resources, finance, IT and data security, facilities,
                                                                                                             procurement and contract management, £65,000 - £69,999. Anne Power, Director of Communications, Responsible for the strategic
                                                                                                             planning and delivery of internal and external communications, and responsible for IPSA’s publication programme, £75,000 - £79,999.
                                                                                                             John Sills, Director of Policy, Responsible for the management and strategic direction of policy development. £85,000 - £89,999. Scott
                                                                                                             Woolveridge, Director of Operations, Responsible for the management of IPSA’s core business processes, including payroll, the validation
                                                                                                             and reimbursement of expenses, and support services, £80,000 - £84,999.

25172   11/17/2010   Bob Russell      If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will          The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has no plans to establish a human resources department for MPs’ staff.
                                      establish a human resources department to deal with staff of hon.
                                      Members; and if he will make a statement.
24238   11/11/2010   Luciana Berger   How many interns have been employed by the Independent             IPSA has not employed any interns.
                                      Parliamentary Standards Authority since its creation; what (a) pay
                                      and (b) expenses they received; and what duties they carried out.

22057   11/5/2010    Bob Russell      What measures the Independent Parliamentary Standards                  Deductions for National Insurance contributions for MPs and their staff are deducted on a monthly basis through payroll. Month-end
                                      Authority has in place to ensure that the National Insurance           reconciliations happen to ensure deductions are correct and payment to the National Insurance Contributions Office (NICO) take place
                                      contributions in respect of (a) hon. Members and (b) staff of hon.     before the monthly cut-off date. From September, monthly reports have been run to ensure that all individuals have a table letter and
                                      Members are paid on the correct dates so as to ensure that there       that no individuals are on an X code (no contributions involved), unless they are self-employed.
                                      is no break in each individual's record of contributions; and if he
                                      will make a statement.
22830   11/5/2010    Bob Russell      What steps the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority           Due to an error in the data transferred from House of Commons to IPSA, four people were transferred with a “table letter X” which led to
                                      has taken to inform the Department for Work and Pensions of            no contributions being collected from them. The error was rectified in September when all contributions were brought up to date to
                                      each instance where the record of National Insurance payments of       include contributions for the missing months of June, July and August.
                                      (a) an hon. Member and (b) staff of an hon. Member has been
                                      broken as a result of a failure to contribute the appropriate
                                      payment on the due date; and if he will make a statement.
22829   11/5/2010    Bob Russell      In respect of how many (a) hon. Members and (b) staff of hon.   IPSA has not informed the Department for Work and Pensions of any cases where National Insurance payments of MPs or their staff have
                                      Members the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has been broken due to incorrect contributions. In the few cases where contributions were not made, for whatever reason, IPSA has
                                      not deducted monthly National Insurance payments on the correct subsequently brought these contributions up to date. There is no reason to notify the Department for Work and Pensions.
                                      date; and how many months were involved in each case.

22881   11/5/2010    Helen Jones      Whether a letter from an hon. Member needs to be headed           We request that Members head complaints as such so that they can be identified easily and the complaints investigation process can be
                                      complaint to be classified as a complaint by the Independent      instigated. As stated in the published complaints procedure, we ask that letters or emails be headed “formal complaint”.
                                      Parliamentary Standards Authority (ISPA); and what would satisfy
                                      the requirements of IPSA complaints procedure to clearly indicate
                                      that an e-mail or letter should be treated as a complaint.

22340   11/4/2010    Helen Jones      What contracts the Independent Parliamentary Standards                  Aside from where IPSA provides assistance to Members of Parliament on a case by case basis, IPSA does not hold any contracts with the
                                      Authority (IPSA) has with (a) the Government Car Service and (b)        Government Car Service or other transport providers. No IPSA staff are entitled to use transport provided by the Government Car Service
                                      other transport providers; what the terms are of each such              or other such providers.
                                      contract; what the annual cost to the public purse is of each such
                                      contract; and how many IPSA staff are entitled to use transport
                                      provided under each such contract.
22339   11/4/2010    Helen Jones      What meetings members of the Independent Parliamentary                  In the course of their work, IPSA staff have meetings and conversations with a wide range of people, including from time to time with
                                      Standards Authority (IPSA) staff have held with representatives of      members of press and media organisations. Disclosure of details of such meetings would, in my view, inhibit free and frank discussions.
                                      press and media organisations since IPSA's inception; on what date
                                      each such meeting was held; where each such meeting was held;
                                      and what the names were of those who attended each such
                                      meeting.
21699   11/2/2010    Mark Pritchard   What account the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority          In framing our policy on what information IPSA should publish, we have been mindful of our duties under the Freedom of Information Act
                                      takes of the likely effects on the security of the (a) family and (b)   (2000) and the Data Protection Act (1998). We have carefully considered any security issues that may arise and have consulted the
                                      staff of hon. Members when taking questions on the release of the       Information Commissioner’s Office and the House authorities, including the House security advisor, on these matters.
                                      documentation to the public.

21923   11/2/2010    Helen Jones      How many members of staff of the Independent Parliamentary           IPSA currently deducts trade union fees from the salaries of 15 employees.
                                      Standards Authority have trade union membership fees deducted
                                      from their salaries.
21924   11/2/2010    Helen Jones      How many staff of hon. Members have (a) not received salaries to We are not aware of members of MPs’ staff not receiving either their full salary with a matching payslip, or an advance payment to cover
                                      which they are entitled and (b) received less than their full salary any missing salary or significant underpayments. The table below shows the number of advances made and the reasons why the
                                      from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in each employee was underpaid or did not receive a payslip. The table also shows the number of salaries paid in each month to provide some
                                      month since May 2010.                                                context. (Table attached).
20346   10/27/2010   Helen Jones      What provision will be made for a review of the efficiency and cost- IPSA launched an organisational review in October which will run in parallel with the forthcoming review of the expenses scheme for hon.
                                      effectiveness of the Independent Parliamentary Standards             Members. The organisational review is aimed at improving IPSA’s efficiency and cost-effectiveness and will make use of internal and
                                      Authority (IPSA) as part of the forthcoming review of the expenses external professional advice as appropriate.
                                      scheme for hon. Members; and what professional advice will be
                                      provided to IPSA on those matters.

20660   10/27/2010   Ian Liddell-     Pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2010, Official Report,             The total annual cost to the public purse of IPSA staff participation in Benenden Healthcare will be nil, as the scheme is funded by
                     Grainger         column 875W, on the Independent Parliamentary Standards                 contributions from staff.
                                      Authority: manpower, what the total annual cost to the public
                                      purse is of staff participation in Benenden Healthcare.
12178   10/27/2010   Alison Seabeck   How many staff of the Independent Parliamentary Standards               A total of 9 IPSA members of staff have taken sick leave since May 2010. The numbers of staff absent in each month and the consequent
                                      Authority have taken sick leave in each month of its operation;         number of working hours lost is recorded below.
                                      how many hours of work have been lost in consequence; and               May      1 (5 Days or 37.5 Hours)
                                      whether any temporary staff have been recruited to cover such           June 4 (10 Days or 75 Hours)
                                      absences.                                                               July     5 (32 Days or 1200 Hours).
                                                                                                              IPSA has not recruited any temporary staff to cover sick absence.
19888   10/25/2010   Ian Liddell-     How much funding the Independent Parliamentary Speaker's                In the current financial year to date, IPSA has granted season ticket loans totalling £22,777.56 to 20 employees. Assuming an average
                     Grainger         Authority has allocated to the provision of interest-free season        notional rate of interest of 3.5%, the annual cost of the scheme is currently £797.21. The average cost of the scheme for each
                                      ticket loans for its staff; and what the average cost is of the         participating member of staff is therefore £39.86. This scheme is also available to MPs’ staff.
                                      scheme for each participating member of staff.
19821   10/25/2010   Ian Liddell-     How many staff of the Independent Parliamentary Speaker's               There are a total of 54 employees at IPSA who are entitled to ‘privilege days’ at IPSA. The notional cost per employee per annum for this
                     Grainger         Authority are entitled to privilege days; and what the annual cost      benefit is approximately £375 (net).
                                      to the public purse is of the entitlement per employee.
18608   10/19/2010   Paul Flynn       If IPSA will bring forward proposals to reduce its running costs.  Even before the Government brought forward its proposals for spending cuts across the public sector, our Board was clear that we
                                                                                                         should be looking to reduce costs by around 5% per annum. Sir Ian Kennedy, in evidence to the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA, has said
                                                                                                         that we will take into account the Government’s target of 25% over five years. We will be bringing forward our proposals on running
                                                                                                         costs early next year. These proposals will take account of the additional functions we will be undertaking - not least, a review of MPs’
                                                                                                         pay and pensions in 2011/12.
18422   10/18/2010   Helen Jones      If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will          IPSA does not keep time records of how long Members of Parliament or their staff spend dealing with IPSA, nor does IPSA keep any
                                      estimate (a) the average time spent by (i) hon. Members and (ii)   estimates of the cost to the public purse of their doing so. IPSA does keep records of the number and length of phone calls from
                                      the staff of hon. Members dealing with the Authority and (b) the Members of Parliament and their staff. In September, the last full month for which there is data, IPSA received some 2,980 calls to our
                                      cost to the public purse of the time so spent.                     information line with each call lasting on average 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
18421   10/18/2010   Helen Jones      What criteria the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority IPSA’s complaints procedure is published on IPSA’s website under “Publications”. The procedure sets out the criteria. Any official
                                      uses to classify as an official complaint representations received complaints need to be submitted in writing in order for IPSA to be able fully to investigate the complaint and provide a comprehensive
                                      (a) by correspondence and (b) by other means.                      response to the complainant.
18098   10/15/2010   Helen Jones      What the average amount paid by the Independent Parliamentary  Average mortgage payments in each month since May are as follows: May - £606.40, June - £736.32m, July - £783.99, August - £715.43,
                                      Standards Authority to each hon. Member receiving payments for September - £712.20, October - £694.63. Average rent payments in each month since May are as follows: May – £793.22, June - £889.37,
                                      (a) mortgage interest and (b) rent has been in each month sinceJuly - £1063.89, August - £1067.65, September - £1060.34, October - £1173.81. The average mortgage interest payments are lower than
                                      May 2010.                                                      average rental payments, in part due to historically low interest rates. The reason the expenses scheme does not provide for future
                                                                                                     payments of mortgage interest, picking up one of the recommendations that was central to the report on MPs’ expenses and allowances
                                                                                                     made by the Committee for Standards in Public Life: Recommendation 3: MPs should no longer be reimbursed for the cost of mortgage
                                                                                                     interest payments or any other costs associated with the purchase of a property. No new arrangements for support of mortgage interest
                                                                                                     should be allowed from the date of this report. In future only rent or hotel costs should be reimbursed.
17890   10/14/2010   Helen Jones      How many (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff the Independent The number of permanent, fixed term and temporary full time equivalent staff employed in each IPSA salary range as of 14 October 2010
                                      Parliamentary Standards Authority employs in each pay band.    is shown below. Temporary staff have been assigned to the salary grade of the position in which they are working. (Table attached)


17689   10/14/2010   Anne McIntosh    In respect of how many claims submitted by hon. Members and            IPSA’s expenses scheme came into force on 7 May 2010. No claims pre-dating 7 May therefore fall within IPSA’s remit and no claims
                                      due for settlement in (a) April and (b) September 2010 the             made before 7 May are therefore outstanding. It is for the House of Commons to reimburse expenditure prior to 7 May. At present, 162
                                      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has yet to make          out of 5,256 claim forms submitted to us in September are still awaiting payment. In all cases this is because either the form has been
                                      payment; what the reasons are for the time taken to make               completed incorrectly, insufficient supporting evidence has been submitted or some other query has been raised with a Member.
                                      payment in such cases; and if he will make a statement.
17627   10/13/2010   Ian Liddell-     What benefits package is being offered to the new member of the         The benefits received by the Director of Communications are the same as those received by other IPSA staff, namely: 25 days annual
                     Grainger         Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's communications         leave, rising to 30 days after five years’ service, 2.5 privilege days per year, opportunity to participate in Civil Service pension
                                      team.                                                                  arrangements, the offer of an interest-free season ticket loan, sick pay, opportunity to participate in Benenden Healthcare.

17618   10/13/2010   Ian Liddell-     Which companies, other than Calyx (UK), responded to the               The companies that responded to the invitation to tender for the provision of infrastructure and enterprise software support were:
                     Grainger         Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's invitation to          Computacenter (UK) Ltd
                                      tender for the provision of infrastructure and enterprise software     • Insight Direct (UK) Ltd
                                      support; and what criteria were used determine which respondee         • Probrand Ltd
                                      was awarded the contract.                                              Calyx (UK) Ltd formed part of the Insight Direct (UK) Ltd tender.
                                                                                                             Information on the assessment criteria applied during this process has already been provided in our answer given in respect of a previous
                                                                                                             question on 12 October 2010, Official Report, column 258W. (Document attached)

15241   10/9/2010    Michael          How many and what proportion of telephone calls to the                 It is not possible to provide the requested statistics at this time. IPSA intends to provide MPs with information on its performance against
                     Meacher          Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority from hon.                its call handling and other service targets shortly.
                                      Members were not answered within 15 minutes in the latest
                                      period for which figures are available; and if he will make a
                                      statement.
16029   9/16/2010    Luciana Berger   What the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSAs)       During the month of September, the average call waiting time on the IPSA enquiry line was six minutes and fifty-seven seconds.
                                      most recent estimate is of the average waiting time for hon.
                                      Members who call the IPSA enquiry line.
15943   9/15/2010    Ian Liddell-     How many people at each pay band there are in the policy unit ofThere are four members of staff in the policy team in the following pay bands.
                     Grainger         the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.              Senior Civil Service Payband 1 (£58,200 - £117,750): 1 person
                                                                                                      IPSA Grade E (£46,000 - £61,500): 1 person
                                                                                                      IPSA Grade D (£35,000 - £46,000): 1 person
                                                                                                      IPSA Grade C (£30,500 - £37,000): 1 person
15903   9/15/2010    John Spellar     On average how many employees staff the hon. Members' enquiry on average how many employees staff the hon. Members' enquiry line each day; and how many such employees staffed that enquiry line
                                      line each day; and how many such employees staffed that enquiry on 10 September 2010.
                                      line on 10 September 2010.
15732   9/14/2010    Ian Liddell-     How much Apex Communications was paid for its work in           Apex Communications were paid £69,375 for work conducted over the period October 2009 – July 2010. Apex was commissioned to
                     Grainger         establishing the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority; provide a press office capability to deal with a high level of media interest and to organise activities. Apex then helped to establish and
                                      and what its remit was.                                         support IPSA’s small in-house communications team. While the process of recruiting a director of communications was undertaken, they
                                                                                                      continued to provide practical help and strategic communication advice to IPSA through to July 2010.

15724   9/14/2010    Bob Russell      How many errors by staff of the Independent Parliamentary              MPs whose claims for reimbursement are not paid by IPSA are able to request a review on the grounds that the rules have been applied
                                      Standards Authority in processing claims have been recorded since      incorrectly, or that IPSA has made an administrative error. Since 7 May 2010, IPSA has concluded that the decision not to pay was
                                      its inception.                                                         incorrectly determined in 19 instances.
15729   9/14/2010    Ian Liddell-     How much each member of the communications team of the                 One member of the communications team receives a salary within the range £45,000-50,000, and the other member of the
                     Grainger         Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority receives in (a)          communications team receives a salary within the range £30,000 - £35,000. The benefits received are similar to those offered by many
                                      salary and (b) benefits.                                               employers – such as 25 days annual leave, pension contributions and the offer of a season ticket loan.
15730   9/14/2010    Ian Liddell-     How much the Director of Communications for the Independent            The Director of Communications will receive a salary within the range £75,000 - £80,000. The benefits received are similar to those
                     Grainger         Parliamentary Standards Authority will receive in (a) salary and (b)   offered by many employers, such as 25 days annual leave, pension contributions and the offer of a season ticket loan.
                                      benefits.
15731   9/14/2010    Ian Liddell-     For what reasons officials working for the Independent            The merits of basing IPSA in a location other than Westminster were considered early in IPSA’s implementation phase. It was concluded
                     Grainger         Parliamentary Standards Authority are working in central London;  that the most appropriate location for IPSA’s permanent home was central London, within a reasonable distance of the Palace of
                                      what consideration was given to locating them in a less expensive Westminster. This decision was taken to minimise the risk of disruption during the handover period between the old system
                                      part of the country; and if he will make a statement.             administered by the House of Commons and IPSA’s new system, not least in respect of the potential impact on those staff transferring
                                                                                                        from the House of Commons to IPSA.
15723   9/14/2010    Bob Russell      How much was paid to Apex Communications for services provided Apex Communications was paid £69,375 for work conducted between October 2009 and July 2010. Apex worked an average of 100 hours
                                      to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) since a month providing services to IPSA. In September 2009, IPSA’s implementation team held a competition after identifying, researching
                                      its inception; how many hours work were carried out by Apex       and approaching three corporate communication agencies with an invitation to tender for a contract to provide communications support
                                      Communications; what the (a) commencement and (b) concluding to IPSA. Following this competition, the contract was awarded to Apex Communications.
                                      date was of the contract with Apex Communications; and what
                                      mechanism was used to select Apex Communications to provide
                                      communications services for IPSA.
15727   9/14/2010   Ian Liddell-   How many responses the Independent Parliamentary Standards               In total 3 responses were received to the invitation to tender for the Enterprise Solution and 3 for the Infrastructure Solution.
                    Grainger       Authority received to the invitation to tender for which Calyx (UK)      The assessment criteria for the procurement exercise were:
                                   was shortlisted; what the criteria were for the contract; and what       • Ability to provide a requirements compliance traceability document.
                                   the specification was for the system.                                    • Ability to provide an executive summary including an overview of the solution and the associated perceived costs.
                                                                                                            • Ability to provide details of their organisation.
                                                                                                            • Ability to provide details of how their solution meets all functional and non functional requirements.
                                                                                                            • Ability to provide details of reference sites
                                                                                                            • Ability to provide full details of the whole life cost including:
                                                                                                            o Software license capital costs
                                                                                                            o Technical architecture costs
                                                                                                            o Initial implementation costs
                                                                                                            o Annual costs associated with ongoing support
                                                                                                            • Suitable contingency plans detailed in the event of non-delivery.
                                                                                                            • Behaviours of the suppliers and cultural fit with IPSA.
                                                                                                            • Capability to deliver to required dates.
                                                                                                            • Creation of a web based access point for MPs and their staff.
                                                                                                            • Capability to publish data early and a flexible approach.
                                                                                                            • Outsourcing costs and implications.
                                                                                                            • Strong data security, both internal and nationally.

                                                                                                            An architectural overview of the online expense system can be found on the following website:
15728   9/14/2010   Ian Liddell-   How many staff members have been supplied to the Independent             http://www.systemsatwork.co.uk/download/content/PDF/expense@work%20Architectural%20Overview.pdf excluding VAT.
                                                                                                            Two temporary staff members were provided for a short period by GovGap. This was at a cost to IPSA of £22,036
                    Grainger       Parliamentary Standards Authority by Govgap since May 2010; and
                                   at what cost to the Authority.
15033   9/9/2010    Ann McKechin   What proportion of claim refusal decisions communicated to hon.          IPSA does not currently communicate refusal decisions by email. MPs are provided with summary details of the refusal via the online
                                   Members by 7 September 2010 were accompanied by accurate                 system under heading ‘Refusals’. IPSA is developing a process to provide MPs with an automated e-mail alert informing them of the
                                   written accounts of the reasons for which claims had been                status of claims and to enable Members to view detailed refusal reasons.
                                   refused.
15036   9/9/2010    Ann McKechin   What procedures are followed by the Independent Parliamentary            Post deposited in the drop box in Portcullis House is collected by hand and, together with the mail posted directly to IPSA, is sorted every
                                   Standards Authority to record the receipt of supporting                  morning. MPs’ expense claims and accompanying receipts are placed in individual, transparent pockets with all staples and paperclips
                                   documents submitted in relation to claims made by hon.                   removed. Each claim is then logged using documentation tracking software and scanned directly to the online expenses system for
                                   Members; and whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards             validation. The documents are then filed immediately to members’ records. Currently all post received is sorted, logged, scanned and
                                   Authority plans to review those procedures.                              filed within one day. All IPSA processes during this initial phase of operations are kept under review.

14924   9/9/2010    Christopher    When the Chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards             The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority does not intend to comment publicly on individual correspondence with MPs. At
                    Chope          Authority plans to reply to the letter to him of 13 July 2010 from       present, IPSA aims to respond to all emails and letters within 5 working days.
                                   the office of the hon. Member for Christchurch.

15035   9/9/2010    Ann McKechin   How many documents submitted to the Independent                          IPSA does not record numbers of documents which are thought to have been lost.
                                   Parliamentary Standards Authority by hon. Members in support of
                                   their claims had been lost on 30 August 2010.
15034   9/9/2010    Ann McKechin   How many Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority staff             Currently 7 senior members of IPSA staff are able to make final decisions on MPs expense claims. Where a claim is refused, MPs are able
                                   are authorised to make claim refusal decisions on claims; and what       to request a review within 14 days on the grounds that the rules have been applied inconsistently or that IPSA has made an
                                   procedures are followed in circumstances in which such staff make        administrative error. If the review finds that the claim should have been paid, the claim is revisited and processed. Individual members
                                   an error in communicating such a refusal decision to an hon.             of staff are informed of the review and further training provided where required.
                                   Member.
15032   9/9/2010    Ann McKechin   How many refusals of claims had been communicated to hon.                Where a claim is refused in full or in part, MPs are provided with summary details of the refusal via the online system under heading
                                   Members by means of (a) the Independent Parliamentary                    ‘Refusals’. By close of business on 09 September, 25872 claim lines had been approved and 1574 claim lines had been refused.
                                   Standards Authority website and (b) by email on 7 September              Currently refusals are not communicated via e-mail.
                                   2010.
14619   9/8/2010    Ian Liddell-   How many staff were employed in each department of the                   The number of Full-Time Equivalent staff employed in each department of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in each
                    Grainger       Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in each month              month since 6 May 2010 is given below. This figure includes permanent and fixed-term IPSA employees, permanent employees of other
                                   since 6 May 2010.                                                        organisations seconded to IPSA, interims and temporary staff who are not IPSA employees. (Table attcahed).

14624   9/8/2010    Ian Liddell-   How many staff are employed by the Independent Parliamentary             IPSA currently employs two members of staff in its communications team. One person has responsibility for external communications,
                    Grainger       Standards Authority (IPSA) to work on public relations; what the         including the media, and one person has responsibility for internal communications and website management. A director of
                                   total cost to the public purse of employing staff for public relations   communications will soon be joining IPSA to provide strategic oversight and direction to its communications activities.
                                   work has been since it began operation; and which (a) agencies           Since IPSA began operations on 7 May 2010, the total spend on employing staff for all aspects of communications activities has been
                                   and (b) Government departments have provided staff to                    £37,840. This includes the associated expenditure of national insurance and employer pension contributions and VAT on contracted staff
                                   undertake such work for IPSA in that period.                             supplied by GovGap.
                                                                                                            No government departments have provided staff to IPSA’s communication team in this period. IPSA did receive communications advice
                                                                                                            and support from Apex Communications during the initial phase of operation as it was recruiting and establishing its in-house
                                                                                                            communication team, but does not anymore.

14621   9/8/2010    Ian Liddell-   How much was spent under each budgetary heading on expenses              Since IPSA began operations, only Sir Scott Baker has claimed expenses. These were all for travel on IPSA business. The months and
                    Grainger       for each member of the board of the Independent Parliamentary            amounts are detailed below.
                                   Standards Authority in each month of its operation; and for what         June £65.80
                                   purpose in each case.                                                    May £44.30
                                                                                                            August £48.10
14631   9/8/2010   Ian Liddell-   How much was owed to hon. and right hon. Members in unpaid                In this context, the question ‘how much was owed...’ can be interpreted as both expense claims submitted but not yet paid by the end of
                   Grainger       expense claims by the Independent Parliamentary Standards                 the month and expense claims approved for payment but not yet paid by the end of the month. Figures for both interpretations are
                                  Authority (a) on the most recent date for which figures are               provided in the tables below.
                                  available and (b) in each month since 6 May 2010.                         Table 1: value of expense claims submitted but not yet paid by the end of each month.
                                                                                                            Claims Submitted Value
                                                                                                            End June £128,219.02
                                                                                                            End July £60,332.85
                                                                                                            End August £235,325.87
                                                                                                            End September £201,965.68
                                                                                                            Table 2: value of expense claims approved but not yet paid by the end of each month.
                                                                                                            Claims Approved Value
                                                                                                            End June £38,622.06
                                                                                                            End July £45,107.11
                                                                                                            End August £91,710,51
14499   9/8/2010   Ian Liddell-                                                                             End September £68,279.50
                                  What the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA) The consultation on IPSA's publication policy, including salary details for MPs’ staffs, has recently closed. IPSA is working to analyse
                   Grainger       policy is on the public disclosure of individual salary details for staff responses, and draw up the final policy on publication, which will include details of the publication of MP staff salaries. This policy will be
                                  of (a) the IPSA and (b) hon. Members.                                     announced shortly. IPSA intends to publish salary details of its own staff in its annual report. IPSA intends to comply both with the
                                                                                                            upcoming Government procedures on senior salary publication for staff earning over £58200 and with the principles of the publication
                                                                                                            scheme for Members’ staff.
14306   9/7/2010   Ian Liddell-   If he will list each of the changes made to the rules and procedures A small number of changes to the MPs’ Expenses Scheme were introduced in July 2010, following the consultation required by the
                   Grainger       implemented by IPSA since its inception.                                  Parliamentary Standards Act. The changes are detailed The MPs’ Expenses Scheme: Second Edition, which has been made available to all
                                                                                                            MPs and is available on www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk.
                                                                                                            In addition since 7 May 2010, IPSA has introduced a number of changes to procedures to help MPs, including:
                                                                                                             • the introduction of a £4,000 advance for MPs and advance payments on production of invoices for a number of high cost items;
                                                                                                            • a facility for proxies to process expenses for MPs who are not their employer;
                                                                                                            • the extension of the 90 day deadline for claims until 1 October 2010,
                                                                                                            • the introduction of the “grace period” until early September, under which claims submitted over the summer which are outside the
                                                                                                            rules will not be published.
                                                                                                            These and other changes have been documented in the IPSA MPs’ Bulletin, which is sent to all MPs each week and available on
                                                                                                            www.parliamentarystandards.org.uk
14307   9/7/2010   Ian Liddell-   What the (a) value and (b) length of contract is for the computer       The Contract is with Calyx (UK) Ltd. The length of the contract is 5 years from February 2010.
                   Grainger       system used by IPSA; and with which organisation the contract is        The scope of the contract covers infrastructure and enterprise software support as follows:
                                  made.                                                                   - Infrastructure support covers:
                                                                                                          Server hardware, desktops and laptops, network hardware, office infrastructure,
                                                                                                          firewalls, anti-virus, web proxy and hosting services, WAN link, security solutions, email,
                                                                                                          telephony.
                                                                                                          - Enterprise software support covers:
                                                                                                          Software support for financial accounting, online expense system, payroll, HR, customer
                                                                                                          management system.
                                                                                                          The annual value of the contract including both infrastructure and enterprise support is £194,000 in the first year and £252,000 per year
                                                                                                          in subsequent years.
14305   9/7/2010   Ian Liddell-   How many IPSA staff have received redundancy payments; for              No IPSA staff have received redundancy payments.
                   Grainger       what amount in each case; and for what reasons.
13666   9/6/2010   John Mann      How many field visits staff and officers of the Independent             The Online Expenses System is monitored remotely for effectiveness frequently. This allows IPSA to see how the remote access system is
                                  Parliamentary Standards Authority have made to assess the               working and therefore field visits specifically to assess remote access are not required.
                                  effectiveness of its remote data access system since 7 May 2010.

13668   9/6/2010   John Mann      what the log out parameters for the Independent Parliamentary           To log off the online expenses system users must first click the “log off” button in red at the top of the screen and close the window
                                  Standards Authority online claims system are.                           before signing out of the secure website by clicking on “sign out” on the right had side of the screen.
                                                                                                          If the page is closed prematurely while the user is logged in, the system will lock the user out for a period of approximately 5 minutes.
                                                                                                          In addition, to protect MPs data, the online expense system automatically logs users out after 5 minutes of inactivity.


13669   9/6/2010   John Mann      For what reason the hon. Member for Bassetlaw was unable to     The Online Expense System suffered a technical problem on the 29th July resulting in a short period of unavailability. This was remedied
                                  access the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority online on the same afternoon by stopping and restarting the web services.
                                  expenses system at 14.30 on 29 July 2010.




13670   9/6/2010   John Mann      when the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority plans to         IPSA does not consider it appropriate to comment publicly on expense claims submitted by individual MPs.
                                  reimburse the hon. Member for Bassetlaw for his claims for sums
                                  spent on office rental.
13690   9/6/2010   Michael        What steps the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is         The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has recently introduced a new call handling system. This has allowed IPSA to make a
                   Meacher        taking to reduce the average length of time taken before                number of improvements (such as queuing calls more efficiently across a wider group of operatives) which will enable them to deal with
                                  telephone calls from hon. Members are answered.                         calls more effectively and reduce the average call waiting time.
13667   9/6/2010   John Mann      How many complaints the Independent Parliamentary Standards             IPSA is not aware of any complaints relating to loss of data entered into the Online Expenses System.
                                  Authority has received about loss of data entered into its online
                                  claims system since 7 May 2010.
11844   7/23/2010   Helen Jones     For what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards                IPSA apologises for any incorrect information that was given to Members with regard to claiming associated expenditure.
                                    Authority has informed certain hon. Members that they may claim        During June and July 2010, IPSA consulted on various proposals to amend the MPs Expenses Scheme, including a proposal to allow Non-
                                    other accommodation costs without claiming mortgage payments;          London Area MPs who own their property but who are not claiming mortgage interest subsidy to claim associated expenditure. This has
                                    whether the Authority plans to allow backdated claims for such         now been incorporated into the revised Scheme which was published on 26 July 2010. The online system will be updated to support this
                                    costs from other hon. Members; and what arrangements the               change by 16 August 2010 and all scheme changes and claims can be backdated to 7 May.
                                    Authority intends to make to compensate hon. Members who               Where demonstrable financial loss has occurred, IPSA will look at evidence submitted in writing and will make decisions on a case to case
                                    have incurred demonstrable financial loss as a result of following     basis.
                                    advice from officers of the Authority which was at variance with
                                    the Authority's policy.
11513   7/23/2010   Grahame M.      how many staff of the Independent Parliamentary Standards              IPSA’s staff recognition scheme enables staff to nominate colleagues for modest awards in recognition of outstanding performance. The
                    Morris          Authority (IPSA) have received reward and recognition payments         scheme has only just commenced and so no staff members have so far received such awards. It is not possible to predict how many staff
                                    since its inception; and how many such payments IPSA expects to        will receive such awards in 2010/2011.
                                    make in 2010-11.
11730   7/23/2010   Helen Jones     For what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards                All Members who have incurred expenditure on the travelcard within the month will receive a paper copy sent to their home address.
                                    Authority has issued electronic copies of travel claim forms to the    The paper copy will be sent at the end of each month. All Members who have a registered proxy on the online expenses system will also
                                    proxies of hon. Members only; and what consideration the               receive an electronic copy, sent to their proxy. Where Members do not have a proxy, they may use an alternate logon to access the
                                    Authority gave to notifying hon. Members that such forms had           electronic statement. We are working on a system change to develop an improved IT solution to this issue.
                                    been issued.
11729   7/23/2010   Helen Jones     What reports the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority         To date, IPSA is not aware of any major problems experienced by Members when using the travel card. Minor problems such as lost or
                                    has received of difficulties in using the travel cards issued by the   locked PIN numbers have been resolved on an individual basis.
                                    Authority for making claims; and what steps the Authority is taking
                                    in consequence.
11728   7/23/2010   Karen Bradley   What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards          IPSA’s policy is that it will reimburse taxi fares where a journey is necessary and at least one of the following criteria is satisfied: no other
                                    Authority is on reimbursement of travel expenses to hon.            reasonable method of transport is available for all or part of the journey, or alternative methods of transport are impracticable due to
                                    Members in respect of travel by taxi with heavy luggage between     pregnancy, disability, illness or injury of the MP or of a staff member. Heavy luggage may be a factor in the MP deciding these criteria
                                    a London rail terminal and the Palace of Westminster.               apply. Whether the journey is between a London rail terminus and the Palace of Westminster is not, in itself, a criterion, although taxi
                                                                                                        fares will not be reimbursed for any part of MP’s daily commute between their London home and Westminster, or their constituency
                                                                                                        home and office.
11822   7/23/2010   Ian Liddell-    What assessment he has made of the extent of liability of the       Holding: It has not been possible for IPSA to provide a response to this question by the named day. IPSA will respond as soon as possible.
                    Grainger        Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) for any        Provided 20 July 2010. Substantive: Under section 13(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, an individual MP who can show that he or she
                                    financial implications for hon. Members in the event of the alleged has suffered damage by reason of any contravention by IPSA of any of the requirements of the Data Protection Act is entitled to claim
                                    unauthorised disclosure of personal details by IPSA.                compensation from IPSA for that damage.

11602   7/23/2010   Helen Jones     What system the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority I have been informed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority that, in cases where emails or letters seek information
                                    operates to associate emails and letters from hon. Members with about a particular claim, the Information Team extracts information relating to the claim from the online system and uses this to respond
                                    the claim to which the correspondence relates.                  to queries. In cases which are not straightforward, the Information Team may speak directly to members of the Validation Team
                                                                                                    regarding the progress or details of the claim. Where letters or emails cover receipts or other supporting documentation, these are
                                                                                                    passed directly to the Validation Team.
11823   7/23/2010   Ian Liddell-    How many agency staff have been contracted to work at the       The numbers of agency staff that have been contracted by IPSA has varied by month and is illustrated below.
                    Grainger        Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in each week
                                    since 1 May 2010.                                               Week of 07/05/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 14/05/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 21/05/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 28/05/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 04/06/2010 - 61
                                                                                                    Week of 11/06/2010 - 61
                                                                                                    Week of 18/06/2010 - 61
                                                                                                    Week of 25/06/2010 - 61
                                                                                                    Week of 02/07/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 09/07/2010 - 56
                                                                                                    Week of 16/07/2010 - 56
11825   7/23/2010   Ian Liddell-    How many staff of the Independent Parliamentary Standards There are currently 27 permanent members of IPSA staff. Of these, 9 have had authorised sick absences in the past 3 months. There have
                    Grainger        Authority have been authorised to be absent from work owing to been no absences for study leave or unpaid leave over this period.
                                    (a) sickness and (ii) other reasons in the last three months.   Due to the nature of temporary employment, there are no equivalent figures available for temporary staff.

11824   7/23/2010   Ian Liddell-    How many full-time staff each department of the Independent As of 27 July 2010, there are 78 full-time members of staff working at IPSA, broken down as below.
                    Grainger        Parliamentary Standards Authority employs; and what the staff • Chief Executive’s Unit – 1 permanent, 1 temporary.
                                    turnover has been in each week since 1 May 2010.                    • Operations – 16 permanent, 35 temporary.
                                                                                                        • Finance and Corporate Services – 4 permanent, 11 temporary.
                                                                                                        • Policy, Communications and Secretariat – 6 permanent, 4 temporary.
                                                                                                        There has been no turnover in our permanent staff since 1st May 2010. Due to the nature of temporary employment, there are no
                                                                                                        figures available for turnover in temporary staff.
11515   7/23/2010   Grahame M.      What estimate the Independent Parliamentary Standards               The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has informed me that no estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of
                    Morris          Authority has made of the cost to the public purse of publishing    publishing salary details of MPs' staff. However, any cost is expected to be minimal as it is a straightforward transaction. Following a
                                    the (a) salary details of staff of hon. Members in £5,000 bands and recently closed consultation, it is no longer proposed to publish precise salary details of staff who are connected parties.
                                    (b) precise salary details of staff of hon. Members who are
                                    connected parties in 2010-11.
11514   7/23/2010   Grahame M.      How many staff seconded to the Independent Parliamentary            IPSA does not routinely collect information on bonuses paid to seconded staff by their home departments. Any performance-related
                    Morris          Standards Authority (IPSA) from Government departments have         bonuses paid to staff seconded to IPSA from government departments have been in respect of performance periods prior to the date
                                    received performance-related bonus payments since its inception; when IPSA became operational. IPSA will not pay any performance-related bonuses to seconded or other staff in 2010-11.
                                    and how many such payments IPSA expects to make in 2010-11.
11727   7/23/2010   Helen Jones      How many complaints the Independent Parliamentary Standards I have been informed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority that the Chief Executive’s office has investigated 16 official
                                     Authority has received in respect of incorrect advice given to hon. complaints since 7 May. These complaints are not recorded by type. Where a Member has identified incorrect advice, IPSA has said it will
                                     Members by its staff; and what steps the Authority has taken in     take steps to ensure that correct advice is given in future.
                                     consequence of such complaints.
11929   7/23/2010   Jim Sheridan     For what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards            In the first months of operation, IPSA’s priorities have been to pay the salaries of MPs’ staff and to make the required statutory and
                                     Authority decided that trade union subscriptions for staff of hon. pension deductions. IPSA has not made an assessment of the cost of deducting trade union subscriptions for MPs’ staff.
                                     Members should not be deducted from their pay at payroll.          We are currently reviewing the situation in relation to trade union subscriptions and hope to offer this as a facility in the near future.
                                     To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the
                                     Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary
                                     Standards Authority, what estimate the Independent
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority has made of the annual cost of
                                     deducting trade union subscriptions for the staff of hon. Members
                                     from their pay at payroll.
11333   7/22/2010   Helen Jones      What procedures the Independent Parliamentary Standards             Members are required to submit the completed online travel card form within 14 days of it being available on the system with the
                                     Authority plans to put in place during the recess for hon. Members corresponding invoices/receipts being sent within 21 days. If for a particular month an individual Member is unable to comply with these
                                     who are unable to verify travel card statements within seven days. timescales (for example if they are away on business or holiday) they should e-mail info@parliamentarystandards.org.uk with the reason
                                                                                                         and the date they will be able to submit the completed form. When all or a large number of Members may be unable to comply with the
                                                                                                         normal timescales (for examples during the summer of Christmas recess) then the timescales will be automatically increased to allow for
                                                                                                         this fact.
11335   7/22/2010   Helen Jones      What the average time taken by the Independent Parliamentary At present, IPSA aims to respond to all emails and letters within 5 working days. It is not possible to readily provide data regarding the
                                     Standards Authority to reply to emails from hon. Members is; and percentage of queries which have been answered within this timeframe to date. IPSA has recently introduced a new case management
                                     how many emails have not been answered within two weeks in system. This will both reduce the response time to emails, and ensure accurate records of correspondence between Members and IPSA.
                                     the current parliamentary session.                                  IPSA will provide Members with information on its performance against these and other service targets once this system is fully rolled out
                                                                                                         across the organisation.
11182   7/22/2010   Ann McKechin     Pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2010, Official Report, column     Under the MPs’ Expenses Scheme, LALP is not payable in relation to any period before notification is given to IPSA that the MP intends to
                                     812W, on Members: allowances, for what reasons some hon.            claim it. However, IPSA has decided to exercise discretion in the operation of the rule, so that where a Member informed IPSA of their
                                     Members have been advised by the Independent Parliamentary          intent to claim before 15 June 2010, they will have their claim backdated to 7 May. Where a member informed IPSA of their intent to
                                     Standards Authority (IPSA) that claims can be backdated to the      claim after this date, their claim will be backdated only to the date they informed IPSA. This acknowledges that Members would not have
                                     date of election; and by what methods an hon. Member was able been able to submit a claim for LALP before they were provided with access to the online expenses system.
                                     to submit such a claim before being provided access to IPSA's IT
                                     system for claims.
11334   7/22/2010   Helen Jones      What steps the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is All Members who have incurred expenditure on the travelcard within the month will receive a paper copy sent to their home address.
                                     taking to identify hon. Members who have not received electronic The paper copy will be sent at the end of each month. All Members who have a registered proxy on the online expenses system will also
                                     copies of their travel card statements and to ensure that such hon. receive an electronic copy, sent to their proxy. Where Members do not have a proxy, they may use an alternate logon to access the
                                     Members receive their statements.                                   electronic statement. We are working on a system change to develop an improved IT solution to this issue.

10424   7/20/2010   Denis MacShane How many right hon. and hon. Members have received payments           Up to 26 July 2010, 374 Members have received expense payments from IPSA, totalling £1,024,487.82.
                                   from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in the
                                   current parliamentary Session.
10857   7/20/2010   Anne Main      whether the Inter-government Despatch Service may be used to          Whether the Inter-government Despatch Service may be used to send correspondence to the Independent Parliamentary Standards
                                   send correspondence to the Independent Parliamentary Standards        Authority.
                                   Authority.
10234   7/19/2010   Anne McIntosh What the (a) purpose of and (b) procedure is for validation of         The purpose of the validation process is to ensure expenses claimed by Members are eligible for reimbursement under the MPs’
                                   claims undertaken by the Independent Parliamentary Standards          Expenses Scheme and that documentary evidence has been presented to support each expense. The type and nature of evidence
                                   Authority; and what the reasons are for the time taken for            required in relation to each expense is set out in our published guidance.
                                   validation of claims.                                                  The validation process commences when IPSA receives the receipts or other supporting evidence to support the claim. The receipts are
                                                                                                         then scanned into the system and IPSA staff review each claim to assess eligibility for reimbursement. At present, all claims undergo a
                                                                                                         three-stage review process by IPSA staff before they are then released for payment. IPSA anticipates moving to a two-stage review
                                                                                                         process in due course.
10203   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   How many times the Board of the Independent Parliamentary           The IPSA Board has met on 17 occasions since its first meeting of 4 December 2009. 12 of these meetings constituted formal Board
                                     Standards Authority has met; how many times it will meet in the meetings for which minutes and agendas are prepared. The minutes of these meetings, which include the agendas, are made available on
                                     next 12 months; and if the Authority will publish the agendas and the IPSA website once the minutes have been agreed by the IPSA Board.
                                     minutes of such meetings.                                           Ordinarily the IPSA Board meets at least once every month and intends to do so over the next 12 months, with the exception of August
                                                                                                         2010.
10204   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff work for the         As of 19 July 2010, IPSA has 83 staff of whom
                                     Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority; and if the           a) 82 are full-time and
                                     Authority will publish its standard employment contract for staff. b) 1 part-time.
                                                                                                         IPSA will send the standard employment contract template to the Hon. Member.
10206   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   What legal advice the Independent Parliamentary Standards           The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has informed me that it is not their practice to confirm whether or not legal advice
                                     Authority obtained on its publication of names and salaries of hon. has been obtained, or to release details of such legal advice where it has been obtained. No Members' staff names and salaries have yet
                                     Members staff.                                                      been published pending the policy being finalised following the public consultation. The policy on publication will be announced in due
                                                                                                         course.
10202   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   What the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time has been    At present, IPSA aims to respond to all emails and letters within 5 working days. Historical data regarding the timeframe for responding to
                                     for staff of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to queries received to date is not readily available. However, IPSA has recently introduced a new case management system which will
                                     reply to an email from an hon. Members.                             improve the response time to emails, letters and telephone queries; and ensure accurate records of correspondence between Members
                                                                                                         and IPSA. Once this system is fully rolled out across IPSA, IPSA will provide Members with information on its performance against these
                                                                                                         and other service targets.
10207   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   How much was claimed by hon. Members from the Independent According to the claims submitted using the online expenses system, in June 2010 hon. Members incurred expenses worth £832,111.50.
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority for expenditure incurred in       Many of the claims for these expenses were not submitted until July and are either awaiting the submission of receipts, awaiting
                                     June 2010; and how much had been paid to hon. Members in            validation or have been passed for payment. Up to 12 July 2010, £218,240.80 of this amount had been paid to hon. Members, and claims
                                     reimbursement for such claims as at 12 July 2010.                   worth £28,217.28 were returned to hon. Members for further explanation.
10205   7/19/2010   Glenda Jackson   what the (a) capital and (b) estimated annual running cost is of the The capital cost of the software expenses@work was £126,000 (including VAT at 17.5%). The estimated annual running cost of
                                     Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's computerised         expenses@work is not identified separately. The estimated annual running cost of expenses @ work is not identified seperately. The
                                     claims system.                                                       support contract for all IT software support at IPSA, which includes support for Microsoft Office, the Financial Accounting System "Great
                                                                                                          Plains", the Payroll software "Jane HR" as well as expenses@work, is £116,000 (including VAT at 17.5%) per annum.

10008   7/16/2010   Anne McIntosh    Whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has             IPSA has not sought advice specifically on the security implications for Hon. Members. The information was released only to a small
                                     sought advice on the security implications for hon. Members               number of MPs and their nominated proxies through the Expenses@Work system. IPSA takes incidents such as this extremely seriously
                                     following the alleged unauthorised disclosure of their personal           and is now conducting a full investigation to determine the exact types of data that was exposed and what the scope of exposure was.
                                     details.                                                                  When it has this information, IPSA will review the implications and take any appropriate action.

10140   7/16/2010   Helen Jones      What assessment he has made of the implications for hon.              An IPSA administrative report was temporarily available on the secure expenses website. IPSA removed the report immediately this was
                                     Members of the alleged unauthorised disclosure of their personal      disclosed, notified the Information Commissioner, and ordered immediate changes by its IT contractor. IPSA will have these changes
                                     information by the Independent Parliamentary Standards                audited by a third party.
                                     Authority; and if he will make a statement.                            IPSA takes these matters very seriously. However, no sensitive personal data were made available to the public, the report was only
                                                                                                           available for a short period of time, and the report was accessed by only 5 MPs and 6 nominated proxies. These individuals are being
                                                                                                           contacted directly.
10054   7/16/2010   Richard Burden   What the policy of the IPSA is on payment for (a) office equipment IPSA, as an employer, provides office premises and facilities for its staff directly from its budget rather than on the basis of retrospective
                                     and furniture, (b) rent, business rates and utilities attributable to reimbursement.
                                     its office premises and (c) office consumables (i) directly from the
                                     Authority's budget and (ii) by members of the Authority's board
                                     and senior staff on the basis of retrospective reimbursement.

10010   7/16/2010   Anne McIntosh    For what reason the Independent Parliamentary Standards                   The basis of IPSA’s scheme is that Members should receive expenses for costs actually and reasonably incurred. Members can submit
                                     Authority does not allow items relating to the constituency office        claims for costs incurred for the performance of parliamentary functions relating to their constituency office and surgeries from the
                                     of an hon. Member to be charged to the budget allocated for this          dedicated Constituency Office Rental Expenditure budget. In addition, Members may submit appropriate claims for expenditure to the
                                     purpose; and if he will make a statement.                                 General Administrative Expenditure budget, which covers items such as office equipment, procurement of services, and communications
10036   7/16/2010   Anne McIntosh    What recruitment procedure was followed for those working at              The processing of claims from Members by IPSA is handled by staff from a range of backgrounds. A significant number of staff are drawn
                                     the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority processing              from the House of Commons Members’ Pay and Allowances team and have considerable experience of processing MPs’ claims. They are
                                     claims from hon. Members; and what relevant previous                      complemented by temporary staff selected for their experience and skills. A total of 29 staff with relevant experience will have
                                     experience they had.                                                      transferred from the House of Commons to IPSA by August 2010.
                                                                                                               IPSA has made a significant investment in staff training. All staff attend an induction course which covers IPSA values, behaviours and
                                                                                                               team working, the MPs’ Expenses Scheme, data assurance and protection, and operational functions.
9814    7/16/2010   Therese Coffey   For what reasons the Independent Parliamentary Standards                  IPSA took the view that screenshots would be sufficient to provide an initial overview of the system at induction. This overview could not
                                     Authority offered training to hon. Members on the operation of            be provided using the live system because inductions were provided at a variety of locations convenient to MPs, not all of which had a
                                     the online system for claiming reimbursement from allowances by           guaranteed internet connection. MPs who wish to have training using the live online system have been invited to contact IPSA to arrange
                                     means of a screenshot presentation rather than by means of the            this. They have also been welcomed to attend the same training sessions as have been available for their staff.
                                     on-system training offered to hon. Members staff.



9883    7/16/2010   Graham Allen     If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will take            The IPSA remittance advice note or notification of the expense claim payment does identify the invoice or invoices in respect of which
                                     steps to ensure that each notification of reimbursement to                reimbursement is being made. The note identifies all correspondence to a unique reference number. This number is created by a MP or
                                     Members identifies the invoice or invoices in respect of which the        his or her proxy when they enter a claim in the Expenses@Work system.
                                     reimbursement is being made.
10139   7/16/2010   Helen Jones      What assessment he has made of the extent of liability of the             Holding: It has not been possible for IPSA to provide a response to this question by the named day. IPSA will respond as soon as possible.
                                     Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) for any              Provided 20 July 2010.
                                     financial implications for hon. Members in the event of the alleged       Substantive: Under section 13(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, an individual MP who can show that he or she has suffered damage by
                                     unauthorised disclosure of personal details by IPSA.                      reason of any contravention by IPSA of any of the requirements of the Data Protection Act is entitled to claim compensation from IPSA
                                                                                                               for that damage.
10088   7/16/2010   Helen Jones      What the average length of time is to (a) validate a claim and (b)        Up to 23 July 2010 the average length of time to scan and validate a claim by IPSA was 10 days once IPSA had received the accompanying
                                     effect payment of a claim; and if he will make a statement.               receipts. Once approved for reimbursement, payment was made within 3 days.
9863    7/16/2010   Graham Allen     What steps the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is           IPSA maintains address information in two systems, HR Payroll and Expenses@Work. Address information in the Expenses@Work system
                                     taking to provide sufficient fields in its IT system to enable the full   is required to provide a check that any invoice or receipt that the MPs submits to IPSA for reimbursement is for the correct property.
                                     addresses of all hon. Members' homes and offices to be entered            Only the first line of the address and postcode is required for verification. IPSA uses this to match the invoice or receipt to the registered
                                     and accepted.                                                             property. IPSA does not does not store more information than necessary in Expenses@Work systems, and IPSA has no plans at present
                                                                                                               to include additional fields for addresses.
                                     What the average length of time is of work he expected for a              The HR Payroll system has the full address of all MPs. This address is used for correspondence.
10007   7/16/2010   Anne McIntosh                                                                              At present, IPSA aims to respond to all queries within 5 working days. IPSA has recently introduced a new case management system
                                     response to a query by (a) email, (b) hard copy letter and (c)            which will improve the response time to emails, letters and telephone queries; and ensure accurate records of correspondence between
                                     telephone call by an hon. Member to the Independent                       Members and IPSA. Once this system is fully rolled out across IPSA, it will provide Members with information on its performance against
                                     Parliamentary Standards Authority.                                        these and other service targets.
10052   7/16/2010   Richard Burden   If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will assess          IPSA is considering the best mechanism for the continued provision employer and public liability insurance when it ceases to be provided
                                     the comparative cost to the public purse of (a) continuing existing       by the House, including whether it should be provided centrally through IPSA or claimed individually by Members. In its analysis, IPSA
                                     group and employer and public liability insurance for the offices of      will consider value for money and the cost to the public purse.
                                     hon. Members and (b) introducing a system where hon. Members
                                     negotiate and pay for the provision of such policies individually
                                     and claim reimbursement from the Authority.

10009   7/16/2010   Anne McIntosh    What penalty can be applied if a substantive reply is not given   There are no penalties. IPSA is dealing with very large volumes of queries and claims at this time. While this is having an effect on the
                                     within a reasonable time and if a payment is not processed within average time required to process queries and claims, IPSA is confident that this average will reduce significantly over time.
                                     a reasonable time.
10141      7/16/2010   Helen Jones      What steps will be taken by the Independent Parliamentary              An IPSA administrative report was temporarily available on the secure expenses website. IPSA removed the report immediately this was
                                        Standards Authority to notify hon. Members in cases where              disclosed, notified the Information Commissioner, ordered immediate changes by its IT contractor and will have these changes audited
                                        personal details have been placed on the IPSA website and were         by a third party. The report was only available for a short period of time, and the report was accessed by only 5 MPs and 6 nominated
                                        accessible to other hon. Members and their staff.                      proxies. These individuals are being contacted directly.
                                                                                                               If personal data had been made available to the public, IPSA would notify the Members concerned. However, this has not happened.

9864       7/16/2010   Graham Allen     How many staff working for hon. Members (a) were not paid and          In May, 17 members of MPs’ staff did not receive their salary, and 1 member of staff received an incorrect salary, out of a total number
                                        (b) did not receive the correct amount of pay in (i) May and (ii)      of 156 staff then on the IPSA payroll. These equate to 11% and 0.7% of the total number of staff members. For June, the figures were 81
                                        June 2010; and what steps the Independent Parliamentary                and 6 respectively out of 2345 members of staff, or 3.5% and 0.3% of the total number.
                                        Standards Authority is taking to correct this.                         These errors arose from the complications of creating the Payroll with information being provided by different sources, in different
                                                                                                               formats and on occasions incomplete, and with late amendments to pay details and new contracts being issued. IPSA does not anticipate
                                                                                                               these problems continuing.
9618 and   7/15/2010   Hugh Bayley      what assessment the Independent Parliamentary Standards                IPSA has not conducted a review of the administrative burden placed on Members by the online claims system in comparison with the
9620                                    Authority (IPSA) has made of the administrative burden its online      previous paper-based system. It has received a number of representations on this matter, some indicating that the system is easier and
                                        claims system places on hon. Members in terms of hours worked          simpler to use than expected and others that it places unreasonable burdens on Members and their staff. IPSA continues to review the
                                        per month compared to the paper-based claims system in use             online system to ensure that it meets industry standards of usability and accessibility, and enables the transparency and accountability
                                        previously; and what representations IPSA has received about this      required by the Parliamentary Standards Act. In addition, we are offering MPs one-to-one one- assistance with the online system.
                                        matter from hon. Members.
                                        To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the
                                        Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary
                                        Standards Authority, if the Independent Parliamentary Standards
                                        Authority (IPSA) will make it its policy to adapt its administrative
                                        systems in order to reduce the time required of hon. Members and
                                        their staff to complete expenses claims to the minimum that is
                                        consistent with the transparency and accountability required by
                                        the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.
9469       7/15/2010   Richard Burden   what guidance the Independent Parliamentary Standards                IPSA’s staff are provided with its policy on this matter, which is that IPSA aims to answer all queries which are received on the IPSA
                                        Authority provides to its staff on when enquiries from hon.          Information Line immediately over the telephone. Only where these queries are complex, give rise to advice on Members’ specific
                                        Members should be replied to (a) in writing and (b) by telephone. circumstances that should be recorded, or give rise to issues which require further consideration, will IPSA request that the query is
                                                                                                             submitted in writing. Queries received by email or letter will be answered in writing, except in cases which can be more quickly or
                                                                                                             usefully resolved by telephone.
9405       7/15/2010   David Winnick    How many senior Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority IPSA does not systematically record this information. However, IPSA is aware that the Compliance Officer, Alan Lockwood, was a
                                        (IPSA) officials have been Parliamentary candidates; and what parliamentary candidate in the general election of 2005.
                                        posts each of those has held in IPSA.
9501       7/15/2010   Richard Burden   What the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's target At present, IPSA aims to respond to all emails and letters within 5 working days. It cannot readily provide data regarding the percentage
                                        time is for the provision of a substantive reply to correspondence of queries which have been answered within this timeframe to date because it has recently introduced a new case management system.
                                        received from hon. Members (a) in hard copy and (b)                  This will both improve the response time to emails, and ensure accurate records of correspondence between Members and IPSA. Once
                                        electronically; and what percentage of such correspondence has this system is fully rolled out across IPSA, it will provide Members with information on its performance against these and other service
                                        been replied to within these times to date.                          targets.

9499       7/15/2010   Richard Burden   whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority           IPSA has chosen to publish the majority of its information in email and online, as this represents the best value for money for the
                                        (IPSA) rules and procedures enable IPSA to allocate funding for the taxpayer and is a quick and efficient way of disseminating information. Our website contains a wealth of information for Members to
                                        preparation and publication of hard copy reports on its activities. read or print off, including a variety of training presentations giving guidance on the online system. All publications can be printed off by
                                                                                                            Member’s staff if they wish to read these in hard copy. In addition, our guidance to the Scheme, FAQs and MP Bulletins are available in
                                                                                                            hard copy from the Documentation Centre and Members’ Centre.
                                                                                                            IPSA currently intends to publish its statutory Annual Report in hard copy, and has published all consultations in hard copy form.

9502       7/15/2010   Richard Burden   what the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA) The consultation on IPSA's publication policy, including salary details for MPs’ staffs, has recently closed. IPSA is working to analyse
                                        policy is on the public disclosure of individual salary details for staff responses, and draw up the final policy on publication, which will include details of the publication of MP staff salaries. This policy will be
                                        of (a) the IPSA and (b) hon. Members.                                     announced shortly.
                                                                                                                  IPSA intends to publish salary details of its own staff in its annual report. IPSA intends to comply both with the upcoming Government
                                                                                                                  procedures on senior salary publication for staff earning over £58200 and with the principles of the publication scheme for Members’
                                                                                                                  staff.
9619       7/15/2010   Hugh Bayley      if the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will          IPSA is currently making a number of changes to the IPSA Information Line – including the recent installation of a new call handling
                                        make its staff available to advise hon. Members on the telephone system – which will enable it to deliver improvements to the level of service which is being provided to MPs. At present, IPSA has no
                                        in the evenings and at weekends for the same hours that the PICT plans to extend the operating hours of the IPSA Information Line.
                                        service helpdesk is open.
9500       7/15/2010   Richard Burden   How much funding the Independent Parliamentary Standards                  IPSA’s allocated funding for communications in the next 12 months is £278,200. This is broken down as follows:
                                        Authority has allocated in respect of communications in the next           - £232,200 staff costs (including basic salaries at £172,000, pension contributions and earnings related national insurance contributions
                                        12 months.                                                                (ERNIC))
                                                                                                                  - £30,000 website maintenance
                                                                                                                  - £16,000 publications
9617       7/15/2010   Hugh Bayley      Whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority                 IPSA has not conducted a systematic assessment of satisfaction levels with its services amongst MPs or their staff. It does, however,
                                        (IPSA) has taken steps to assess the level of satisfaction with its       record both complaints and compliments to inform its reviews of the expenses system. There are also planes for further liaison with
                                        service among (a) hon. Members and (b) their staff; and if IPSA will representative groups of MPs, which will provide opportunities for feedback about IPSA’s services. At this early stage of operations, IPSA
                                        publish a Charter of Service Standards to guarantee service users has not decided whether or when to publish a Charter of Service Standards.
                                        prompt, accurate and helpful answers to their requests for
                                        information and advice.
9620       7/15/2010   Hugh Bayley      If the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will IPSA has not conducted a review of the administrative burden placed on Members by the online claims system in comparison with the
                                        make it its policy to adapt its administrative systems in order to previous paper-based system. It has received a number of representations on this matter, some indicating that the system is easier and
                                        reduce the time required of hon. Members and their staff to simpler to use than expected and others that it places unreasonable burdens on Members and their staff. IPSA continues to review the
                                        complete expenses claims to the minimum that is consistent with online system to ensure that it meets industry standards of usability and accessibility, and enables the transparency and accountability
                                        the transparency and accountability required by the Parliamentary required by the Parliamentary Standards Act. In addition, we are offering MPs one-to-one one- assistance with the online system.
                                        Standards Act 2009.
9004   7/14/2010   David Winnick    What recent consideration the Chair and Chief Executive of the            The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has taken and is taking significant steps to work closely with Members in
                                    Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority have given to               delivering the new Expenses Scheme. In response to consultation responses and feedback from Members IPSA now offers one-to-one
                                    steps to improve working relations between the Authority and              assistance with the online system, cash flow advances of up to £4000 to help Members with legitimate expenses, and a contingency fund
                                    hon. Members.                                                             to help Members who are unable to keep within their budgets for this financial year.

                                                                                                       IPSA is also keen to develop further the suggestion of a liaison group with the Leader of the House and other interested Members. This
                                                                                                       will help to ensure that IPSA understands the varied working patterns of Members and that Members are able to access accurate
                                                                                                       information on IPSA and the Scheme. IPSA is keen to continue to develop its relationship with Members and welcomes comments and
                                                                                                       feedback sent to info@parliamentarystandards.org.uk.
9015   7/14/2010   Jim Murphy       How many hon. Members who have correctly completed an              148 Members have not yet collected their travel cards from the IPSA Documentation Centre in 1 Parliament Street. 5 Members have
                                    application to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority supplied the required information for a travel card application. These cards have been ordered and will be available for collection
                                    for a travel card have not received their travel card.             immediately.
                                                                                                       8 Members have not yet provided IPSA the required details to order a travel card.
                                                                                                        Travel cards awaiting collection can be collected from the IPSA Documentation Centre at 1 Parliament Street, which is open every day
                                                                                                       from 0900 to 1300 and 1400-1600, until 31 July 2010.
9003   7/14/2010   David Winnick    On what date the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority The Documentation Centre at 1 Parliament Street is due to close on 30 July. After this point IPSA will aim to provide one-to-one support
                                    proposes to close its office premises on the Parliamentary Estate; for Members as required, for as long as there is a demand for such a service.
                                    and what arrangements the Authority plans to make thereafter for
                                    hon. Members to meet its staff at its premises.

9002   7/14/2010   David Winnick    What the average time taken between the receipt for approval of IPSA currently responds to requests for approval of staff contracts within two working days of receipt.
                                    a proposed contract of employment of a member of staff of an
                                    hon. Member by the Independent Parliamentary Standards
                                    Authority and the decision by the Authority on such a contract.

9016   7/14/2010   Jim Murphy       what is the cost price to the Independent Parliamentary Standards The price of the key fob cannot be separated from the cost of the security token, as they are purchased as one integrated device. The
                                    Authority is of the key fobs used to assist in the electronic current cost to IPSA of the key fob and the integrated security token is £75 plus VAT, inclusive of postage and packaging. Replacement
                                    processing of claims.                                             security tokens (where for example they are lost or stolen) will be charged to the MP at cost price. IPSA does not make a profit on the
                                                                                                      security tokens. This is a reduction on the original cost of replacement tokens, which was £127.58 plus VAT. IPSA has extended its IT
                                                                                                      support contract to absorb the costs of set-up, registration and testing, meaning the supplier does not charge IPSA support costs per
                                                                                                      token when supplying replacements. The cost to IPSA and to MPs now just covers the physical device and post and packaging.

8639   7/13/2010   David Winnick    What further consideration has been given for claims by hon.      The merits of introducing a paper-based system for claiming expenses were considered during the start up phase of IPSA. It was
                                    Members to be made on paper with all supporting evidence.         concluded that in line with current expectations of IT-led delivery within the public sector, it would be inappropriate to design a new
                                                                                                      expenses process which was not based at least in part on an IT-led solution.
                                                                                                      IPSA remains of the view that an IT-led, rather than paper-based, system is most appropriate. Using an IT-led solution allows IPSA to
                                                                                                      achieve a high level of transparency more easily and cheaply than an equivalent manual approach. It will also allow any future changes to
                                                                                                      processes to be more easily implemented.
                                                                                                      IPSA does not intend to introduce a parallel, paper based system of MPs’ Expenses.
8640   7/13/2010   David Winnick    What the average length of time taken by the Independent          As of 13 July 2010, the average time from receipt of correct supporting documents to payment is 15 working days. IPSA’s steady state
                                    Parliamentary Standards Authority is from receipt to payment of a target is for this period to reduce to 12 working days by the last quarter of this year.
                                    claim by an hon. Member.
8098   7/9/2010    David Anderson   What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards        IPSA does not provide additional staff resources specifically to assist with the processing of claims under the MPs’ Expenses Scheme. If
                                    Authority is on provision of additional staff resources for hon.  MPs are unable to remain within their staffing budget for the current financial year, they can apply to IPSA for support from the
                                    Members to assist with the processing of claims for allowance     contingency fund. All such applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
                                    payments.
8097   7/9/2010    David Anderson   Whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has The merits of introducing a paper-based system for claiming expenses were considered during the start up phase of IPSA. It was
                                    recently considered the merits of introducing a paper-based       concluded that in line with current expectations of IT-led delivery within the public sector, it would be inappropriate to design a new
                                    system for claiming allowance payments.                           expenses process which was not based at least in part on an IT-led solution.

                                                                                                              IPSA remains of the view that an IT-led, rather than paper-based, system is most appropriate. Using an IT-led solution allows IPSA to
                                                                                                              achieve a high level of transparency more easily and cheaply than an equivalent manual approach. It will also allow any future changes to
                                                                                                              processes to be more easily implemented.
8043   7/9/2010    Ann McKechin     What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards                The MPs’ Expenses Scheme only allows the costs of economy/standard class tickets or the equivalent to be reimbursed. MPs travelling on
                                    Authority is on reimbursement of hon. Members for first class rail        sleeper train services are additionally entitled to claim for sleeper supplements, for either a single occupancy berth or a share of a twin
                                    travel on sleeper services in circumstances where single berths are       occupancy berth. Both companies which provide sleeper train services within the UK will allow travellers to purchase either berth as a
                                    not available on such services at fares equal to or less than the         supplement to a standard class ticket.
                                    standard open ticket tariff (a) with and (b) without a supplement.
                                                                                                              The total cost of the ticket plus sleeper supplement may be higher than the price of a standard open ticket. Therefore, as the guidance to
                                                                                                              the Scheme states at paragraph 7.7, the total cost will be reimbursed in these cases.

                                                                                                              IPSA believes that this will allow Members to obtain a single berth on all sleeper services. Where this is not the case, IPSA would welcome
                                                                                                              evidence from Members.
7730   7/8/2010    Richard Bacon    how many claims by hon. Members were received by the                      The claims received and paid out on the relevant days are shown in the chart below. The amounts have been rounded to the nearest
                                    Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) on (a) 23            pound.
                                    June 2010, (b) 24 June 2010, (c) 25 June 2010, (d) 28 June 2010, (e)
                                    29 June 2010, (f) 30 June 2010, (g) 1 July 2010, (h) 2 July 2010, (i) 5   IPSA has advised me that Aany calculation of the average cost to IPSA per transaction to date, including all expenditure incurred by IPSA
                                    July 2010 and (j) 6 July 2010; what the total monetary value was of       since its inception, would be misleading and not provide an accurate reflection of the transaction cost. IPSA is exploring the best way to
                                    claims for which IPSA completed payment on each such day; and             present these data and will provide an average cost per transaction after its first sixth monthsfull year of operation and again after its
                                    what the average administrative cost to IPSA was per transaction,         first full year. (Table attached).
                                    including all expenditure by IPSA since its inception.
7894       7/8/2010   John Mann       For what reasons officials working for the Independent              The merits of basing IPSA in a location other than Westminster were considered early in IPSA’s implementation phase. It was concluded
                                      Parliamentary Standards Authority are working in central London;    that the most appropriate location for IPSA’s permanent home was central London, within a reasonable distance of the Palace of
                                      what consideration was given to locating them in a less expensive   Westminster. This decision was taken to minimise the risk of disruption during the handover period between the old system
                                      part of the country; and if he will make a statement.               administered by the House of Commons and IPSA’s new system, not least in respect of the potential impact on those staff transferring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       30-Jun   1-Jul    2-Jul    5-Jul    6-Jul
                                                                                                          from the House of Commons to IPSA.
7986 and   7/8/2010   Helen Jones     what advice on the security implications of IPSA's publication The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has informed me that it is aware of the security advice issued to hon.
7987                                  proposals was obtained by IPSA before the launch of the Members and takes the security concerns of MPs and their staff very seriously.
                                      consultation on the proposals. 7896
                                                                                                          IPSA has met the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator to discuss security issues, including the
                                      Whether the security advice issued to hon. Members was taken impact of our publication scheme. Following this advice, IPSA does not propose to publish MPs’ sensitive personal data, or any
                                      into account by IPSA in drawing up its publication proposals for information about the time of any journeys made. It stands prepared to respond to security concerns should they arise in any specific
                                      consultation. 7897                                                  individual circumstances.                                                                                                                      298     391      150      381      353
7679       7/8/2010   Ann McKechin    What procedures the Independent Parliamentary Standards The MPs’ Expenses Scheme does not allow the London Area Living Payment to be paid in respect of any period before IPSA is notified
                                      Authority will adopt to reimburse hon. Members for London Area that an MP intends to claim it. Consequently, IPSA is not able to backdate any such claims to the date of the General Election.
                                      Living Allowance for the period between the date of the General Pursuant to the answer given above, IPSA has provided me with some additional information.
                                      Election and the date on which the initial claim for that allowance IPSA has decided to exercise discretion in the operation of the rule described in the original answer.
                                      was submitted.                                                      Where a Member informed IPSA of their intent to claim before 15 June 2010, they will have their claim backdated to 7 May. Where a
                                                                                                          member informed IPSA of their intent to claim after this date, their claim will be backdated only to the date they informed IPSA.
                                                                                                          This acknowledges that Members would not have been able to submit a claim for LALP before they were provided with access to the
                                                                                                          online expenses system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       42,222   6,725   63,581   49,965   30,275
7215       7/7/2010   John Mann       How many hon. Members have had their staff trained by the As of 8 July 2010 approximately 400 Members' staff have been trained in the operation of online expenses system.
                                      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in the operation
                                      of its systems.
7214       7/7/2010   John Mann       How many hon. Members have participated in training sessions   As of 8 July 2010, 642 Members have completed the relevant training sessions offered by IPSA.
                                      offered by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

7027       7/7/2010   David Winnick   Whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority           IPSA has established an information line for MPs to contact its Support Services Team, who will take queries regarding MPs’ staffing,
                                      (IPSA) will publish a list of telephone numbers and names of        office and travel costs. The telephone number for the information line is 020 7811 6400. Any IPSA official on the information line will be
                                      relevant IPSA officials who may be contacted by hon. Members on     able to assist Members with their queries and will have access to records of their previous questions.
                                      all issues regarding their staffing, office and travel costs.
7213       7/7/2010   John Mann       How many hon. Members have (a) applied for and (b) received         As of 8 July 2010 640 MPs have ordered travel cards from IPSA by completing a Member’s Details Form.
                                      travel cards from the Independent Parliamentary Standards           Of these, 182 Members have yet to collect their cards. The cards can be collected from the IPSA Documentation Centre at 1 Parliament
                                      Authority.                                                          Street, which is open every day from 0900 to 1300 and 1400-1600, until 31 July 2010.
7207       7/7/2010   Ann McKechin    What the policy of the Independent Parliamentary Standards The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) does not propose to publish account details submitted by MPs, including the
                                      Authority is on the disclosure of bank account details submitted to MP’s own account details, or those of their staff. This includes the details of bank accounts, mortgage, insurance or utility account
                                      the Authority by hon. Members.                                      numbers, and account numbers provided on individual invoices.
                                                                                                          In accordance with the requirements of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, IPSA launched a consultation on its publication proposals
                                                                                                          on 16 June 2010. The consultation closed on 7 July 2010 and IPSA’s finalised policy will be published before parliament’s summer recess.

7216       7/7/2010   John Mann                                                                           As of 8 July 2010, 639 Members have provided the required details to receive the RSA token, which enables them to use the online
                                      How many hon. Members have (a) supplied and (b) not supplied expenses system. 485 Members have logged on to the system and registered their intent to claim.
                                      the details required to use the online financial system operated by
                                      the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
6849       7/6/2010   John Mann       How many staff IPSA employs; and how many it will employ in         The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has informed me that as of 7 July 2010, it employs 81 staff (80.5 FTE), of
                                      October 2010.                                                       whom 27 are permanent and 54 are temporary. The staffing levels in October 2010 will be dependent on the outcome of the
                                                                                                          organisational review. IPSA’s intention is to reduce these numbers to approximately 55 as it reaches a steady state.

								
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