Names of MPs staff: FOI Request

Judy Wilson
Freedom of Information Officer
House of Commons Information Office
Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

January 2, 2005

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST: MPs STAFF NAMES AND SALARIES

Dear Ms Wilson

I am writing to request a listing of all MPs� staff by name along with their individual salaries. My preferred format to receive this information is electronically either as a database on disc or via email. The Commons fees office, the central authority responsible for paying the staff, keeps a listing of this sort, making this an extremely basic request to answer.

I now make this request under the Freedom of Information Act. As I�m sure you know, the Act grants a statutory right to such information. The public have an interest in ensuring that the staffing operation of Parliament is above-board and that public money is being well spent.

This information is available in other countries. For example, the names of American Congressional Representatives� staff are made public as a matter of course even when they are funded privately.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

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