Dear Rural Payments Agency,
Fleet Bank Lodge, Holding Number 48/346/0097
Please can you provide me with a copy of the lands, buildings and activities associated with the agricultural holding number
10 April 2019
Ref: RFI 5043
Dear Jenny Jackson
Re: Environmental Information Regulations – Information Request
We refer to your email dated 7 April which we have dealt with under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
You have asked for a copy of lands, buildings and activities associated
with an agricultural holding number.
By way of background, the RPA does not hold details of ‘agricultural
holdings’ (such as buildings or land) in England. This is because we are
not required to capture this level of information in order to administer
our schemes and services, for example to pay subsidy or grants or record
animal movements (for disease control).
When registering, applicants will provide details of the land (for
subsidy) or an address which covers the land where animals are kept but
they do not need to advise us nor do we record any associated land as an
‘agricultural holdings’. Therefore the RPA does not hold this information.
The information you have requested is exempt from disclosure under
regulation 12(4)(a) of EIR, ‘Information not held’. As this is a qualified
exemption, a public authority is required to conduct a public interest
test to determine whether or not information should be disclosed or
withheld. However, the Information Commissioner (IC) takes the view that a
public interest test in cases where the information is not held would
serve no useful purpose. Therefore in line with the IC’s view RPA has not
conducted a public interest test in this case.
If you are not happy with the way we have handled your request, you can
ask for an internal review. These requests should be submitted in writing
within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original
request and should be addressed to the Information Rights Team at the
Rural Payments Agency, North Gate House, 21-23 Valpy Street, Reading, RG1
1AF or alternatively email your request for a review to [email address]
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Please note that generally the Information Commissioner cannot
make a decision unless you have first exhausted RPA’s own complaints
procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
If you have any queries about this let us know.
Information Rights Team
Rural Payments Agency | North Gate House | Reading | RG1 1AF
Tel: 03300 416502 | Fax: 03300 416574 | Email: [email address]
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