Dear Sir or Madam,
Please treat this request for information as a Freedom of
Information request in accordance with the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002
I request the following information from Lothian and Borders Police
A breakdown of costs incurred by LBP for each month from January
2008 to present in relation to hotel accomodation; I would like
the information for each transaction to include the dates, the hotel involved including its location amongst the cost information. In providing this information I would also
request a copy of all relevant original documentation.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Dear Mr Traill,
Thank you for your email, which has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Please find attached a spreadsheet, detailing the requested information, broken down by hotel, date and cost. Please note that I am unable to supply you with this information broken down by each individual transaction. There are many reasons that Lothian and Borders Police will book hotel accommodation. These could range from a member of staff attending a conference, housing a witness or as part of an undercover operation. While the date and location of a hotel stay might be meaningless to most people, to provide the detailed information about each hotel stay could prove useful to the criminal fraternity when coupled with other information that may already be known. Therefore section 35(1)(a) and (b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, relating to Law Enforcement is engaged: information is exempt information if its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the prevention or detection of crime, and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
In addition to this I am unable to provide you with the paperwork for each transaction. This documentation would undoubtedly contain information that would identify the name and location of the hotel along with the dates of the booking and the people involved as well as the reason why the booking was made. Therefore section 35 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 applies again.
I trust this will be of some assistance to you. If you have any questions about the above or I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again. However, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, you have the right to appeal if you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have dealt with your enquiry. This should be done within 40 working days of receiving this email. If you wish to appeal please contact Rachel Watson, Head of Force Information Unit, Lothian and Borders Police, Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 1RB. Please note that subsequent to this internal review there is a right of appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.
Force Information Unit
Lothian and Borders Police
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