Dear Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service,
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000)
I write to request from you a list of businesses names and addresses to whom you have issued and/or renewed a retail Fireworks Storage Licence within the last twelve months.
I would like the above information to be provided to me as paper or electronic copies. If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requester.
If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-394929-F0H1M
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 20 February 2020.
We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.
You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.
Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.
We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.
Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service request email] or by telephone 01603 222661.
Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich
Freedom of Information Request ENQ-394929-F0H1M
I refer to your request for information dated 20 February 2020.
You asked for:
• a list of businesses names and addresses to whom you have issued
and/or renewed a retail Fireworks Storage Licence within the last twelve
Your request has been considered and is refused. In accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), this letter acts as a Refusal
Section 38 of the Act provides a qualified exemption where disclosure
would, or would be likely to-
(a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or
(b) endanger the safety of any individual
Section 31 (1)(a) of the Act provides a qualified exemption for the
release of information if its disclosure would, or would be likely to,
prejudice the prevention or detection of crime.
Reason why the exemptions apply
Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service licenses the storage of fireworks to ensure
that they are stored safely. Disclosing the location of fireworks storage
locations would effectively be releasing information about high risk
storage facilities. This would increase the risk of these premises being
a target for criminal behaviour, such as arson or theft. The physical
safety of firefighters, workers on the premises, and local communities
could be harmed by the increased threat of arson in buildings used to
store fireworks and explosives. It may also impact on the service’s
ability to take effective enforcement or prosecution action. The service
has a duty to effectively mitigate community risk.
Public Interest Test Reasons
The Council has considered whether the public interest is maintaining the
exemptions is outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.
This Council has considered the following reasons in favour of disclosure:
• Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities
for decisions taken by them.
• local awareness of potential risks
Balanced against this are the following reasons against disclosure
• Releasing this information will identify potential high-risk
locations which may attract criminal behavior (criminal damage, arson,
theft) which would place firefighters and workers on the premises in
danger of physical harm, and compromise the safety of local communities
• The service has a duty to effectively mitigate risks to the
On balance the Council considers that the risks from disclosure are such
that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that of
If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:
or Information Compliance Team
An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".
If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act. Refer to the ICO
Website at: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern. Or you can write to them at:
First Contact Team
Information Commissioner's Office
Water Lane, Wilmslow
Bev Whittaker, Information Compliance Officer
Tel: 01603 638017 | Dept: 01603 222661
Bays 7,8 & 9, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane,
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