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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50124671
  • Date: 13 June 2007
  • Public Authority: House of Commons
  • Summary: The complainant asked for a detailed breakdown of MPs Additional Cost Allowance. Following clarification of her request she confirmed she wanted a breakdown of the Additional Cost Allowance claimed in 2005/6 for specifically named MP’s. The House of Commons refused the request on the grounds that it was personal data and that disclosure would be unfair. The Commissioner decided that the requested information is personal data and that its fully itemised disclosure would be unfair. However he has decided that it would not contravene the data protection principles to disclose information showing the totals paid under specified headings within the Additional Costs Allowance. He has therefore ordered disclosure of the total amounts claimed by reference to each of these headings. An appeal was made to the Information Tribunal, but the appeal was dismissed.
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