Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority,

(1) on how many occasions in each year since the formation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority its (a) Chairman, (b) Board members, (c) Chief Executive and (d) chief officers have visited the constituency offices of hon. Members; and in each case if he will list those constituencies;

(2) on how many occasions in each year since the formation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority its (a) chairman, (b) board members, (c) chief executive and (d) chief officers have met individual hon. Members excluding Ministers to ascertain what the work of a Member of Parliament entails; and in each case if he will list the hon. or Right hon. Members concerned.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee, Chair, Procedure Committee

holding answer 16 July 2013

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Andrew McDonald, dated 5 September 2013

As Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about meetings with MPs and visits to constituency offices.

IPSA Board Members and staff from across the organisation regularly meet and visit MPs as part of their duties. For example:

the four ordinary members of the Board of IPSA who took office in January 2013 have carried out a programme of induction, which has included the shadowing of MPs both in their constituencies and in Westminster as appropriate.

The policy team visited eight constituency offices in the winter of 2011/12 as part of the review of the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses.

It is not possible to provide the total number of visits and meetings, as not all of these are recorded centrally. Releasing only the centrally held figures would provide an incomplete and inaccurate picture.

Given the need for IPSA to maintain effective working relationships with MPs and their staff, I do not intend to release the names or constituencies of those MPs with whom we have met.

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