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WILTSHIRE POLICE                                              
 
Force Disclosure Unit 
Wiltshire Police HQ 
London Road 
Devizes 
Wiltshire   
SN10 2DN 
Ermine Amies 
Tel 101 ext. 62005 
www.wiltshire.police.uk 
xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxxxxx.xx 
 
 
 
Date: 07 April 2021 
Your ref:  
Our ref:  FOI 2021/108 
Reply contact name is: Lloyd Tilbury 
 
Dear Ermine, 
 
I write in connection with your request for information dated 4th February 2021 concerning 
Stonewall. 
 
I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to handle all requests in a manner that 
is blind as to the identity and motives of the requestor. Any information released as a response 
to a request is regarded as being published and therefore in the public domain without caveat.  
 
Your request for information has now been considered and I am not obliged to supply the 
information you have requested.  
 
You wrote: 
 
3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless 
privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in 
relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which 
you claim to be entitled to withhold it). 
 
Response: 
 
Having reviewed your request, the original response and your request for an Internal Review, I 
believe a different exemption is more appropriate. 
 
The information that you are requesting in regards to Question Three is exempt by virtue of: 
 
Section 41(1) – Information provided in confidence 
 
Section 41 is an absolute exemption and, as such, there is no requirement for the public 
interest test. 
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 states that information is exempt from disclosure via 
Section 41(1) if: 

It was obtained by the authority from any other person 

Its disclosure would constitute a breach of confidence 
 
 
www.wiltshire.police.uk 

 
Furthermore, the Act also states that it can only be enforced where an actionable breach would 
occur.
 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance which states: 
 
“When determining if disclosure would constitute a breach of confidence, the authority 
will usually need to consider; 

Whether the information has the quality of confidence 

Whether it was imparted in circumstances importing an obligation of confidence, 
and 

Whether disclosure would be an unauthorised use of the information to the 
detriment of the confider” 
 
As confirmed in the previous FOI response to you, Wiltshire Police sought advice on policy 
updates from Stonewall in 2020 and we received advice on the review of our Transgender 
Policy. Within their submission Stonewall stated that: 
 
‘any scoring or comments made on the submission is confidential between Stonewall and the 
applicant/organisation…’
  
 
Furthermore, the ICO has also stated in relation to Section 41: 
 
 
“The necessary quality of confidence 
 
29. Information will possess the necessary quality of confidence if; 
 

It is more than trivial; and 
 

Not otherwise accessible 
30. The information should be worthy of protection in the sense that someone has a genuine 
interest in the contents remaining confidential” 
 
In relation to the above ICO guidance, the information provided by Stonewall can be seen to 
have been given in confidence given its nature and that it was made in a private forum. In 
regards to the context that they were given in, they were provided with commercial 
considerations with a view to encourage a safe environment for the Diversity Champions to 
develop and improve their practices. Stonewall can also be seen to have a genuine interest in 
the contents remaining confidential, as it would be damaging for them if others (competitors or 
customers) could see the detailed comments which have been made with the benefit of their 
experience. This could also lead to customers being less likely to sign up to become Diversity 
Champions. 
 
It should also be noted that Sections 40 and 43 may also be applicable to this question. 
 
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Wiltshire Police, when refusing to 
provide information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a 
notice which:   (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that 
would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies. In accordance with the Freedom 
of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for those aspects of your request. 
 
Exemptions applied: 
 
Section 41(1) – Information provided in confidence 
 
Please contact me if you would like to discuss the withheld information.  
 
 
Yours sincerely  
 
 
Lloyd Tilbury 
Principal Decision Maker
 
 



 
The Wiltshire Police offers a re-examination of your case under its review procedure 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Force Disclosure Unit 
Wiltshire Police HQ, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2DN 
Telephone 101 ext 62005 
 
Freedom of Information Request Appeals Procedure 
 
1. 
Who Can Ask for a Review 
 
Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Police, which has been dealt with 
under the Freedom of Information Act, is entitled to complain and request an internal review, if 
they are dissatisfied with the response they received. 
 
2. 
How to Request a Review 
 
Requests for review of a Freedom of Information request must be made in writing to the: 
Force Disclosure Unit 
Wiltshire Police Headquarters,  
London Road, Devizes,  
Wiltshire,  
SN10 2DN  
 
Email at xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxxxxx.xx.   
 
The reference number, date of the request and details of why the review is being requested 
must be included.  Requests for review should be brought to the attention of the Force 
Disclosure Unit within 20 working days of the Force’s response to the original FoI request. 
 
3. 
Review Procedure 
 
Receipt of a request for review will be acknowledged in writing to include confirmation of the 
reasons for the review.  The review will be conducted by another Decision Maker, who is 
independent from the original Decision Maker.  The Force Disclosure Unit will set a target date 
for a response.  The response will be made as soon as is practicable with the intention to 
complete the review within twenty working days.  In more complex cases the review may take 
up to 40 working days. 
 
The Independent Decision Maker will conduct a review of the handling of the request for 
information and of decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest 
lies in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of 
the case, taking into account the matters raised by the complaint. 
 
4. 
Conclusion of the Appeal 
On completion of the review the Independent Decision Maker will reply to the complainant with 
the result of the review.  If the complainant is still dissatisfied following the review they should 
 

 
contact the Information Commissioner to make an appeal.  The Information Commissioner can 
be contacted via the following details: 
 
Information Commissioner's Office 
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
Tel: 01625 545 700 
Fax: 01625 524 510 
Email: xxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
Please  note  that  the  ICO's  offices  will  be  closed  for  the  foreseeable  future  and  are 
therefore unable to receive correspondence via post. 
 
If you should wish you contact them, please visit https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/