Corporation Sole v Corporation Aggregate

Paul Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Ministry of Justice.

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Is a Magistrates' Court a Corporation Sole or a Corporation Aggregate?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Smith

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team.
 
It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded information. For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.

You may wish to re-submit your enquiry to the Ministry of Justice, which will be treated as Official Correspondence. Our contact details are below.

102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

Contact Form:

https://contact-moj.dsd.io/

Telephone Number:
020 3334 3555
  
If you do have any questions relating specifically to the FOIA or Data Protection Act (DPA), please contact the Disclosure Team at the following e-mail address: [email address]

Kind regards,

Disclosure Team

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Justice's handling of my FOI request 'Corporation Sole v Corporation Aggregate'.

The legal entity of a public body is indeed recorded information and you were obliged to handle it under the FOI Act.

Furthermore, as the Ministry of Justice you are required to hold this information

Additionally, you should have provided me with the name of the "decision maker" rather than just "disclosure team"

The Ministry Justice are still bound by the principles of transparency. In any event, it would violate the doctrine of bias and maxim of natural justice if the same decision maker reviewed his original decision and therefore I need to know there is no collusion between both decisions which requires you to establish your identity when making a decision

Yours faithfully,

Paul Smith

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team. Unfortunately we cannot process an Internal Review request because your original request was not treated under the FOIA as we stated in our previous email for the reasons below.

It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded information.

For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.

You may wish to re-submit your enquiry to the Ministry of Justice, which will be treated as Official Correspondence. Our contact details are as followed:

102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

Contact Form:

https://contact-moj.dsd.io/

Telephone Number:
020 3334 3555

If you do have any questions relating specifically to the FOIA or Data Protection Act (DPA), please contact the Disclosure Team at the following e-mail address: [email address]

Kind regards,

The Disclosure Team

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