Erskine May

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Franciszek Bednarski

Dear House of Commons,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the full text of "Erskine May Parliamentary Practice 24th Edition".

Yours faithfully,

Franciszek Bednarski

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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From: Franciszek Bednarski <[FOI #563017 email]>
Sent: 19 March 2019 10:21
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Erskine May

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the full text of "Erskine May
Parliamentary Practice 24th Edition".

Yours faithfully,

Franciszek Bednarski

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Dear Mr Bednarski,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F19-133

 

Thank you for your request for information. You asked us to provide you
with an electronic copy of "Erskine May Parliamentary Practice 24th
Edition". We have sought to answer your query below.

 

This information is held by the House of Commons, however, we have
concluded that it is exempt from disclosure. This is because this
particular publication is already publicly available to view in hard copy
via larger public libraries or can be purchased. As the information you
request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is refused. In refusing your
request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and
(2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest
test does not apply.

 

Further, we have also concluded that the publication is exempt from
disclosure under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), because the disclosure of this information would potentially be
prejudicial to a third party’s commercial interests. This is a qualified
or non-absolute exemption and the public interest test again applies. We
have acknowledged the level of public interest in this material. However,
the copyright of the Erskine May publication is owned by the Erskine May
Trust. The Trust is not a public authority under the terms of the FOIA,
and may reasonably be thought to be the beneficial owner of the material
sought. While the contents of the next edition will be written by House of
Commons clerks, the Trust has entered into a contract with a commercial
publisher to produce the new edition (as all past editions have been
produced). The release of material might prejudice the commercial position
of the publisher. This, in turn, may affect the Trust’s ability to cover
its production costs and may jeopardise the production of future editions,
on which both Houses of the UK Parliament and a number of overseas
Parliaments rely. We have therefore concluded that the greater public
interest lies with non-disclosure.

 

The Information Commissioner (‘ICO’) has previously upheld our decisions
to exempt this publication from disclosure in 2014 and 2017. You may
therefore wish to take a look at the ICO’s decisions which can be found
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However, it may interest you to know that there is a plan to make an
electronic version of the latest edition of Erskine May publicly available
later this year.

 

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From: Franciszek Bednarski <[6][FOI #563017 email]>
Sent: 19 March 2019 10:21
To: FOI Commons <[7][email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Erskine May

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the full text of "Erskine May
Parliamentary Practice 24th Edition".

Yours faithfully,

Franciszek Bednarski

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