Freedom of Information
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Date 14th August 2019
Dear Requester INTERNAL REVIEW
Request for Information Reference: FOI 0271-19
The Trust received your original request on the 29th April 2019 and detailed below is the response
that was sent to you on the 16th May April 2019.
The Trust has considered your request
The sort code or codes for the
for its account and sort code numbers
Bank(s) that FHFT bank with.
for each of the identified companies
that are used and considers this
portion of your request to be exempt
under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which relates to
the commercial interests of the Trust.
The Account or accounts numbers
for FHFT with the above bank or
As this is not an absolute exemption,
the public interest test has been
considered and it is felt that whilst the
Trust has a duty to be open and
In the event that FHFT have multiple transparent, it must be balanced
accounts with multiple bankers, can
against the need to be able to conduct
you please provide each set of Bank its business and not have its account
name, sort code and account
details out in the public domain for
number for each bank account that
everyone to be able review potentially
FHFT hold and please confirm within leaving the Trust open to potential
that which FHFT cost centre each
bank account is aligned to.
The Trust received your request for an internal review on the 5th August 2019 detailed as follows:
I am of the opinion that the excuse provided by FHFT for refusing to provide the
data/ information requested is spurious and in my further view should not be exempt
on the grounds stated and therefore I still require the bank details for good and
Trust Internal Review Response
The Trust has considered your request for an internal review and below is the Trust’s response to
the internal review:
• The Trust has provided the names of the Banks, which FHFT Bank with.
• The Internal Review upholds the exemption that to provide the sort codes and the bank
account numbers could affect the commercial interests of the Trust, as the details could be
used to compromise the financial security of the Trust Bank Accounts, which would impact
the commercial interests of the Trust. When responding to an FOI request, the requested
information is available on the internet for anyone in the world to have access, so could be
used by any criminal to target the Trust bank accounts.
• As stated this exemption is not an absolute exemption, and the public interest test needs to
be considered and balanced, which the Trust has done:
o Whilst the Trust does have a duty to be open and transparent, this needs to be
balanced against the need of the Trust to be able to conduct its business in an
efficient and secure manner.
o For the information which has been requested, The Trust believes that there is a
greater public interest not release the bank accounts details, thus enabling the Trust
to continue to conduct its business without fear of fraudulent activity and this public
interest in this instance is greater than the need to disclose the exact details of the
bank accounts of the Trust.
If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with how the Trust has
responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545
745).Further details can be found at www.ico.org.uk
The information provided is the property of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and subject to
Intellectual Property and Database Rights. Any commercial application or use of this information
may be subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.
This means that if you wish to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes for any
reason you must ask us for permission to do so. Should the Trust agree that the information can
be re-used, it will be subject to the issue of a licence which may or may not involve a fee.
The information that has been provided in response to this Freedom of Information Act request will
be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by Frimley Health
NHS Foundation Trust.
To enquire about re-using the information or if you have any enquiries about Re-use, please write
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Information Commissioner to seek resolution to the matter. Further details can be found on their
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basis this is detailed in our Publication Scheme on the Trust’s website at: www.frimleyhealth.nhs.uk
Head of Information Governance