Freedom of Information
Internal Review decision
Simon Pickard, Senior Compliance Manager
20 June 2013
The requester wrote to the BBC on 15 February 2013 requesting the fol owing
information; ‘Please inform me the amounts, dates and reason for funding, i.e. which court cases plus
any other funding and reason given to LIBERTY from your organisation for the last five years
Issues on review
On 18 March 2013 the BBC responded to the request stating;
‘According to our database, our records show no payments were made to Liberty by
the BBC during the last five years.’
The requester replied to the BBC on 24 March 2013 asking for an internal review
and stating; ‘I believe the BBC has funded court cases along with Liberty using licence
payers money to do so.
In order to respond to the original request, the Information Policy & Compliance
Team (who are responsible for handling FOIA requests made to the BBC) contacted
both BBC Finance and Business, and the BBC Litigation department to ascertain
whether the BBC had provided any funding to the organisation Liberty.
On the 21 February 2013, the BBC Litigation department confirmed that their
records showed no payments to Liberty during the last five years.
On 13 March 2013, the Finance and Business Division confirmed that having checked
SAP (the finance system used by the BBC), that there were no records of any
payments being made to Liberty in the previous five years.
I consider that the BBC has adequately searched the most appropriate areas to
ascertain whether any payments had been made to Liberty and therefore I uphold
the original decision provided in the BBC’s response of 18 March 2013. Appeal Rights
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01625 545 700 or www.ico.gov.uk Simon Pickard
Senior Compliance Manager