Disclosure Details

FOI Requests - 672/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   23/08/2012

Date of response:   13/09/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 23 August 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Between 23/08/2009 to 23/08/2012 how many FOI requests has Northumbria Police refused - fully and partially (separate figures please)?  By refused I mean: 
    It would cost too much or take too much staff time to deal with the request. 
    The request is vexatious. 
    The request repeats a previous request from the same person. 
    A exemption from the FOI applies e.g national security etc.

  2. What is this as a percentage of total FOI requests for the time period above?

  3. Please provide a breakdown of the sections used for the refusal i.e. the number of requests denied under each relevant section.

  4. How many of these refusals were then asked for a review by the individual making the request?

  5. Of those that were asked for review how many were then either successful or partially successful – in absolute number and as a percentage?

  6. Of those reviews which were not successful how many of these in absolute terms and as a percentage were then considered by the ICO?

  7. Of those that went to the ICO how many in absolute terms and as a percentage were ruled by the ICO to be acceptable refusals and how many were not?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Disclosure Section of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Please note that information is not held/recorded in percentages, therefore actual figures have been supplied.

During the period specified (23/08/2009 to 23/08/2012):-

  1. The number of FOI's closed which were recorded as 'Partial' or 'Refused/Refusal' was 1,425 (Partial = 419 / Refused/Refusal = 1,006).  Please note that these figures will also include requests which were received before the period specified but 'closed' during the period.

  2. The total number of FOI requests received is 2,779.

  3. A breakdown of the exemptions used in the closed FOI's which were recorded as 'Partial' or 'Refused/Refusal' are as follows.  Please note that a single FOI request can have several exemptions applied, therefore the number of exemptions used will not correspond with the number of refusals.  

    ExemptionRefused/RefusalPartial
    12 379 106
    14 29 1
    21 59 90
    22 24 7
    23 15 31
    24 10 20
    27 0 1
    30 159 36
    31 27 52
    38 7 13
    40 262 57
    41 1 4
    42 2 0
    43 2 7
    44 5 6
  4. By 'review' we have taken this to mean Internal Review.  Therefore, I can advised that of the requests closed during the period a total of 67 Internal Reviews were requested.

  5. Of those 67 Internal Reviews, a total of 9 were then either successful or partially successful.

  6. After Internal Review we were notified by the ICO that a total of 16 FOI complaints were eligible for consideration, this figure also includes complaints that were later withdrawn.

  7. As the information you have requested at this point is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    This information is freely available from the ICO website via the Decision Notice section.  In order to aid and assist I have provided the relevant link below:-

    http://www.ico.gov.uk/tools_and_resources/decision_notices.aspx

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 

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