Dear House of Commons,

Please provide me with a copy of this typeface, in all its variants, which I believe include (non-exhaustive list) italic, bold, bold italic and 'Book Antiqua Parliamentary 2 Italic'

Section 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 entitles me to specify a format, and I nominate TTF (TrueType) or OTF (OpenType) as my preferred formats; either will do.

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Elibank

Thank you for your request for information dated 6 September, received by us on the same day, which is copied below.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case within 20 working days i.e. on or before 4 October.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number quoted in the subject line of this email.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Carpenter
Freedom of Information Assistant

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear MR Elibank

Thank you for your request for a copy of a typeface. We do not consider that a typeface is recorded information for the purposes of section 1 of the FOI Act 2000. Therefore your request has not been considered within the terms of that Act. However, we hope that the following information will be of interest to you.

We understand that Book Antiqua is published by Monotype and made available under license by Microsoft in some of their software packages. We can confirm that the Book Antiqua Parliamentary font is the same as standard Book Antiqua apart from the use of curved as opposed to straight quotation marks. You might also like to know that there are Book Antiqua Parliamentary 2 and Book Antiqua Parliamentary 3 fonts which handle Welsh characters (circumflex and caret (to bach))and a Parliamentary Symbols font that has a star, diamond and hollow star which can appear in Papers relating to Bills.

In order to assist you further, we have obtained a copy of each of the characters in the fonts described above - these are attached.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of Resources, House of Commons London SW1 OAA or [House of Commons request email] Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security House of Commons

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Dear House of Commons,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's handling of my FOI request 'Book Antiqua Parliamentary'.

The refusal is given on the grounds that a typeface cannot be considered recorded information: however, I fail to see how it could possibly be considered anything else. It is not something which is transmitted orally. It is not something fleeting, like a telephone conversation. It is held, in permanent form, on a computer hard-drive somewhere within the Houses of Parliament, in a format which it is possible to transmit between computers. In fact, it is no different to any other recorded information which you hold.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bo...

Please reply to confirm receipt.

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Elibank,

Thank you for your email dated 4 October 2010 requesting an internal review of Freedom of Information request ref: F10-463, which was received on 4 October 2010.

We will endeavour to respond within 20 working days, i.e. on or before 1 November 2010. However, it may be necessary to extend this deadline by another 20 working days, for example if the review is complicated and requires the assistance of multiple resources. If this is the case, and your review cannot be completed in the shorter timeframe, we will inform you of this.

If you have any queries about the review, please contact me with the reference in the subject title.

Katarina Ndrepepaj
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Elibank

Please see attached our response to your internal review request.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj | Freedom of Information Coordinator
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | Department of Resources

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Holresearchservices, House of Commons

Dear Mr Elibank,

I have been asked to conduct the internal review of your request for (1) a copy of the Book Antiqua Parliamentary typeface under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and (2) your request for the typeface to be made available to you in a form specified by you under section 11 of that Act. I have not previously been involved with your request. I have come to the following conclusions:

(1) I do not consider your request for a copy of the Book Antiqua Parliamentary typeface to be a request for information under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I have come to this conclusion by consulting the definition of "information" under section 83 of the Act, as well as the definitions of "information", "knowledge" and "typeface" recorded in the Chambers Dictionary. I have cross checked these definitions with the Oxford English Dictionary, but find that those of Chambers are more useful for these purposes. From the definitions it is clear to me that a typeface cannot in and of itself fall within the meaning of "information" under the Act. Instead, a typeface should be regarded as an "information technology", for which, again, Chambers includes a useful definition.

(2) As your request does not fall within section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the mode of delivery under section 11 does not require further consideration.

If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House's treatment of your request for information, you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Patrick M Vollmer

Senior Library Clerk
Research Services
House of Lords

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Heather Brooke left an annotation ()

I think you should appeal this. The objections put forward are not strong. The first, that a typeface is not recorded, is patently absurd. That it is not 'information' is equally bizarre.
I suspect the real story here may be that parliament has licensed the use of this font to a private company and doesn't want the public to get it for free, even though the public paid for its creation. You might follow up with another FOI asking to know who has access to this typeface and at what price.

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