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Dear Durham Constabulary,

Please provide copies of the communications sent and received from the FOI team to the relevant departments in making the request for information in relation to my FOI request "Records Request", “Meta:records request” , or any deliberation regarding the handling of my requests. The timespan for this request will be 23rdMay 2020 to present date or the time this request is fulfilled.

For your reference the ICO has a document dedicated to META requests:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

There is a public interest in increasing the transparency of the request handling process.

"24. However, we have dealt with a number of complaints where authorities have put forward arguments based on the general impact of dealing with meta requests. For example, we have seen authorities make the case that meta requests inhibit officials from providing free and frank advice when dealing with information requests.

25. In our view, general arguments that aren’t linked to the consequences of disclosing the specific information should be given little weight as public interest factors in favour of maintaining the exemption.

In anticipation of citing any safe space provision as an exemption, the commissioner states:

"the safe space required would not be for the formulation of policy, but rather for exchange of views or advice on how to meet its statutory obligations under the FOIA, the inhibition claimed would not be particularly severe or widespread given that there are statutory parameters within which a request has to be dealt with. He does not consider that there is significant public interest in protecting a safe space in relation to statutory obligations designed to promote openness and transparency"

Yours faithfully,

Marcus Combie

Freedom of Information, Durham Constabulary

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic and the  changing circumstances 
for all, the Unit must prioritise essential safeguarding work for the 
health and social care sector, and also for the Family Court. Delays in 
other areas are likely to occur and may fall outside any statutory or 
other expected timescales. We apologise for any inconvenience this may 
cause, we will of course endeavour to process your request as soon as 
practicable. If your request is not urgent or can be retracted at any 
stage, please let us know as soon as possible via our published email 
addresses. From Monday 13^th July   2020, our office re-opened but we only
have very limited numbers of staff in the Office and we will  therefore
not be able to regularly collect correspondence sent via post. We thank 
you for your understanding and support and wish you and your family well 
during these uncertain times.

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Dear Durham Constabulary,

Any update on this? The request is definitely over the statutory time to respond.

The requestor notes Durham Constabulary has responded to other requests submitted after this one chronologically.

The information requested should be held by the FOI team itself as the records would form working documents used by the FOI team to perform their statutory duty in handling the request.

Yours faithfully,

Marcus Combie

Freedom of Information, Durham Constabulary

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic and the changing circumstances
for all, the Unit must prioritise essential safeguarding work for the
health and social care sector, and also for the Family Court. Delays in
other areas are likely to occur and may fall outside any statutory or
other expected timescales. We apologise for any inconvenience this may
cause, we will of course endeavour to process your request as soon as
practicable. If your enquiry and/or request is not urgent or can be
retracted at any stage, please let us know as soon as possible via our
published email addresses. From Thursday 5th November 2020, our Office is
closed and we will therefore not be able to collect correspondence sent
via post. We thank you for your understanding and support and wish you and
your family well during these uncertain times.
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Good Afternoon Marcus,

 

With regards to the below emails, can I sincerely apologise for the
confusion and the fact that this further request has not been actioned, I
hope you can understand the amount of email traffic  and number of
requests we received on this subject matter at a time when we were dealing
with staffing issues and also the Covid-19 related issues, which required
existing members of staff to be moved from Information Rights work to
frontline safeguarding matters.

 

I can confirm I have now logged this request under reference number
394b/20 and will endeavour to respond to you as soon as is possible.

 

Yours Sincerely

Freedom of Information Decision Maker

Business Innovation & Development Command

Durham Constabulary

Police Headquarters

Aykley Heads

Durham DH1 5TT

Email: [email address]

 

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From: Marcus Combie [mailto:[FOI #689231 email]]
Sent: 07 December 2020 17:06
To: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Meta request with define
timespan

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Can you confirm if this is your response pursuant the ICO request that you issue response that complies with the relevant legislation within 10 working days of the date of this email?

It seems to my you are trying to say send an initial notification of action " further request has not been actioned".

This is despite me sending a chaser email on the 7th of December, with no response or action.

A decision notice would be response that complies with the relevant legislation within 10 working days of the date of their email on 19 January 2021 Reference: IC-77407-V5Z8.

If you are not issuing a decision notice on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 I will be escalating with the ICO again.

Yours sincerely,

Marcus Combie

Freedom of Information, Durham Constabulary

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic and the  changing circumstances 
for all, the Unit must prioritise essential safeguarding work for the 
health and social care sector, and also for the Family Court. Delays in 
other areas are likely to occur and may fall outside any statutory or 
other expected timescales. We apologise for any inconvenience this may 
cause, we will of course endeavour to process your request as soon as 
practicable. If your request is not urgent or can be retracted at any 
stage, please let us know as soon as possible via our published email 
addresses. From 5^th January 2021, the majority of our staff are working
from home due to the lockdown position and we will only have very limited
numbers of staff in the Office occasionally and we will  therefore not be
able to regularly collect correspondence sent via post. We thank  you for
your understanding and support and wish you and your family well  during
these uncertain times.
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Dear Durham Constabulary,

Checking in before I reach back out the ICO this past the deadline set

Will the response be issued?

Yours faithfully,

Marcus Combie

Freedom of Information,

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic and the  changing circumstances 
for all, the Unit must prioritise essential safeguarding work for the 
health and social care sector, and also for the Family Court. Delays in 
other areas are likely to occur and may fall outside any statutory or 
other expected timescales. We apologise for any inconvenience this may 
cause, we will of course endeavour to process your request as soon as 
practicable. If your request is not urgent or can be retracted at any 
stage, please let us know as soon as possible via our published email 
addresses. From 5^th January 2021, the majority of our staff are working
from home due to the lockdown position and we will only have very limited
numbers of staff in the Office occasionally and we will  therefore not be
able to regularly collect correspondence sent via post. We thank  you for
your understanding and support and wish you and your family well  during
these uncertain times.
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Good Morning Marcus,

 

Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information request, Can
I sincerely apologise for the confusion and delay with this particular
request, and for your patience on this matter.

 

 

Yours Sincerely

Freedom of Information Decision Maker

Business Innovation & Development Command

Durham Constabulary

Police Headquarters

Aykley Heads

Durham DH1 5TT

Email: [1][email address]

 

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From: Marcus Combie <[FOI #689231 email]>
Sent: 03 September 2020 19:31
To: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Meta request with define
timespan

 

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Dear Durham Constabulary,

Please provide copies of the communications sent and received from the FOI
team to the relevant departments in making the request for information in
relation to my FOI request "Records Request", “Meta:records request” , or
any deliberation regarding the handling of my requests. The timespan for
this request will be 23rdMay 2020 to present date or the time this request
is fulfilled.

For your reference the ICO has a document dedicated to META requests:

[3]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

There is a public interest in increasing the transparency of the request
handling process.

"24. However, we have dealt with a number of complaints where authorities
have put forward arguments based on the general impact of dealing with
meta requests. For example, we have seen authorities make the case that
meta requests inhibit officials from providing free and frank advice when
dealing with information requests.

25. In our view, general arguments that aren’t linked to the consequences
of disclosing the specific information should be given little weight as
public interest factors in favour of maintaining the exemption.

In anticipation of citing any safe space provision as an exemption, the
commissioner states:

"the safe space required would not be for the formulation of policy, but
rather for exchange of views or advice on how to meet its statutory
obligations under the FOIA, the inhibition claimed would not be
particularly severe or widespread given that there are statutory
parameters within which a request has to be dealt with. He does not
consider that there is significant public interest in protecting a safe
space in relation to statutory obligations designed to promote openness
and transparency"

Yours faithfully,

Marcus Combie

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Please then treat this as a subject access request, which is how I believe the ICO has handled this information.

I do not believe the file organization structure at the Durham
constabulary in such disarray you cannot view the records of how a case was handled without touching inexcess of 100 folders.

Let me know if you are going to do the subject access request if not I’ll kick it back to the ICO, saying you don’t have the capabilities to review and provide information you must statutory hold because it’s so disorganized.

Let me know how you’d like to proceed.

Yours sincerely,

Marcus Combie

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