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An independent office holder whose primary role is to enquire into allegations regarding MPs' claims for business costs and expenses

Statement of Provisional Findings into Jim Shannon MP

The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has today published his Statement of Provisional Findings as part of his investigation into claims made under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) by Mr Jim Shannon MP.

The Statement of Provisional Findings can be found via this link.

The investigation was opened on 11 January 2016 following a referral from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) regarding claims made under the Scheme by the MP for Travel and Subsistence Expenditure.

The Provisional Findings require Mr Shannon to repay £13,925.86.

In accordance with the legislation and the Procedures for Investigation made thereunder, both Mr Shannon and IPSA have a further opportunity to make representations in writing to the Compliance Officer in respect of these provisional findings. Both parties will be given fifteen working days from the date of this statement to submit any further representations. Further representations must therefore be received by 16 June 2016.

If representations are received, the Compliance Officer will consider these before preparing a Statement of Findings. If not, the Compliance Officer will publish a Closure Report confirming the conclusion of the investigation.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Compliance Officer for IPSA is an independent office holder established as a separate public authority from IPSA under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as amended by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. He is responsible for investigating complaints regarding MPs' business costs and expenses paid to MPs by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority ('IPSA').
  2. The Procedures for Investigations of the Compliance Officer for IPSA (Third Edition) can be found on the Compliance Officer’s website via this link.
  3. The current edition of the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses can be found on IPSA's website via this link. The rules regarding Travel and Subsistence Expenditure can be found at Chapter Nine.
  4. IPSA’s Press Office – 020 7811 6462
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