Common Purpose Courses & Costs

Mr Harris (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Crown Prosecution Service

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The request was partially successful.

Mr Harris (Account suspended)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please supply:

1. the names and ranks/grades of all employees in your organisation who are Common Purpose 'graduates'.

2. the total expenditure by your organisation on Common Purpose
courses for each of the years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 to date together with a copy of the invoice for each Common Purpose course paid for by your organisation.

By 'Common Purpose', I mean the training organisation of that name: By Common Purpose 'graduate', I refer to those people who have passed the advanced Common Purpose courses.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Harris

Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Mr Harris,


Thank you for your request in which you ask to be informed of the names,
ranks and grades of all Common Purpose graduates within the CPS and in
addition the expenditure on Common Purpose courses dating back to the year
1997. I can confirm your request was received on the 12 October 2009 and
work has begun into meeting it. I apologise for this acknowledgement not
coming sooner.

Please note there is a 20 working day time limit (from receipt of request)
in which we are required to respond to requests under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. The deadline for your request is 9 November 2009.
However, we will endeavour to respond sooner.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Santos

Information Management Unit

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Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Mr Harris


Please find attached the CPS response to your FOI request regarding it's
of Common Purpose Courses and Graduates.

Yours sincerely

Mr Santos

Information Management Unit

Crown Prosecution Service

09 November 2009


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stygian left an annotation ()

Dear Sir,

Sufficient time has elapsed for a request:
a) For an update, and
b) For the original material to be re-sent WITH THE NAMES.

The CPS have falsely claimed that the names of the attendees are exempted as being personal data.

Since your request, the legal precedents have changed the ICO landscape. Section 40( 2 ) is NOT ENGAGED because:
a) Attendees have every expectation that their names, employers and positions within their respective organisations could be used by Common Purpose for their publicity purposes. Indeed, this fact is made perfectly clear on the application forms.
b) Section 40 (2) applies when individuals would not expect their identities to be in the public domain. In the case with the CPS, those attending are for the most part 'in the front line' and 'forward facing' to the public. The CPS gave you the applicable grades:
1 Crown Advocate
7 Level D
6 Level E
5 Chief Crown Prosecutors
1 Senior Civil Servant
Clearly these are people who operate within the public arena.
c) Having disposed of Section 40 ( 2 ) and established whether the names should be disclosed, it is now necessary to consider whether it is in the public interest that the names be disclosed. In the case of administering justice, a more compelling case cannot be imagined. The possibility of a miscarriage of justice occurring as the result of interested parties each belonging to an external, secretive organisation that claims primacy of loyalty is too horrendous a thought for flippant dismissal.

In summary, therefore, it is recommended that this case be re-visited, and the outstanding information provided.

Caroline Spence has also provided a few tips that may be adapted for use in this case.


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