Dear House of Lords,
with reference to Lord Tyler's Parliamentary Question [HL4463] on "House of Lords: Rifle Range", I would like to submit a Freedom of Information request for
1) all records you hold on the House of Lords Rifle Range dating from later than 2010
2) all correspondence or records or notes generated as a result of Lord Tyler's question referenced above. Specifically, I refer to both records created in preparation of the answer to this Question, and records created after the Question was answered.
If this request risks exceeding the cost threshold, please prioritize the response to Point 2, rather than Point 1.
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Dear Mr. Bimmler,
I am writing in response to your request relating to the Palace of
Westminster Rifle Club.
The House of Lords Administration holds very little recorded information
relevant to the first part of your request. This is because it is not
involved in the management of the Palace of Westminster Rifle Club which
is run by a committee elected by the Club's members. The Administration's
involvement with the Club arises from the fact that the Club's rifle range
is located on the Parliamentary Estate and, consequently, the
Administration’s need to verify that Home Office approvals and relevant
certificates are in place. Such matters are dealt with by visits to the
range in conjunction with the police.
I am attaching a copy of the limited information held. I should explain
that the rifle range has an outer and an inner door. The door referred to
in the e-mail exchanges was the outer door. The inner door was locked.
The e-mail dated 1 June 2012 contains an erroneous description. The Rifle
Range is located at sub-ground level and is not near the Earl Marshall’s
room which is on the Principal Floor of the Palace.
As you will see, a small amount of information has been redacted from the
e-mails. After careful consideration we have decided that this
information is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (“the Act”) as it constitutes the personal data of the two
individuals concerned, neither of whom are Members or employees of the
House, and would not have expected their names and in one instance,
contact details, to be disclosed in this context. Such disclosure would
amount to unfair processing and consequently a breach of the first data
The House Administration holds information relevant to the second part of
This information is exempt information by virtue of section 34
(Parliamentary privilege) of the Act because exemption from section
1(1)(b) is required for the purpose of avoiding an infringement of the
privileges of this House.
I attach a copy of a certificate signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments
for the purposes of section 34(3) of the Act.
Section 50 of the Act provides that any person may apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified respect,
a request for information made by the complainant to a public authority
has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of Part I of the
Act. In this context you should bear in mind that under section 2(3) the
exemption conferred by section 34 is an absolute exemption, and your
attention is also drawn to the terms of section 34(3).
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be accessed at:
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information, other than the information covered by section 34, ask the
House of Lords to conduct an internal review. Requests for an internal
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of Information Officer, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. Arrangements will
be made for someone who has not been involved in dealing with your request
to conduct an internal review. Our aim is to complete internal reviews
within 20 working days.
If, following this review, you remain dissatisfied with the House’s
treatment of your request for information then you may take your complaint
to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire. SK9 5AF.
Freedom of Information Officer