Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please can I see a copy of the minutes for the Lambeth Country Show de-briefing meeting for the 2017 event.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Jason Cobb

Jane Shields, Lambeth Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: IR239697

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Request details:  Freedom of Information request - Minutes of Lambeth
Country Show De-briefing Meeting 2017 .
 
We acknowledge receipt of your request for information that was received
on 11 May 2018.

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Dear Jane Shields,

Please can you provide me with a response for this request. The legal timeframe for when I can reasonably expect a reply has now passed.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Jason Cobb

centralteam, Lambeth Borough Council

Dear Mr Cobb

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 11 May 2018. This
request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 Please find below our response to the information you requested, which
was:

 

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

 

Please can I see a copy of the minutes for the Lambeth Country Show
de-briefing meeting for the 2017 event.

 

Our Response

 

I can confirm that Lambeth Council holds the information you have
requested.  However, it is not possible to meet your request.  The
information is being withheld because we believe the following exemption
applies: Section 31(1)(a)(b)(c) &(g)

 

31.—(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section
30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would
be likely to, prejudice –

(a) the prevention or detection of crime,

(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,

(c) the administration of justice,

(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the
purposes specified in subsection (2)

 

Section 31 is a qualified exemption under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 which means that consideration must also be given to whether in all
the circumstances of the case the public interest favouring disclosure is
greater than the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

 

(2) The purposes referred to in subsection (1)(a)(b)(c) & (g) are –

 

(a) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply
with the law,

(b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any
conduct which is improper,

(c) the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances which would justify
regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist or may arise,

(d) the purpose of ascertaining a person’s fitness or competence in
relation to the management of bodies corporate or in relation to any
profession or other activity which he is, or seeks to become, authorised
to carry on,

(e) the purpose of ascertaining the cause of an accident,

(i) the purpose of securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at
work, and

(j) the purpose of protecting persons other than persons at work against
risk to health or safety arising out of or in connection with actions of
persons at work.

 

As this exemption is qualified and prejudice-based, we are obliged to
outline the harm in disclosure and explain why we consider that the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosure. 

 

Harm in Disclosure

 

·         Disclosure would reveal sensitive security and health and safety
information;

·         Disclosure of discussions between the council, associated public
authorities and contractors may adversely affect the role and work of each
organisation in management of the Show;

·         Disclosure close undermine the council’s future function in
implementing and enforcing regulations.  

 

Public Interest in Disclosure

 

·         The council’s commitment to openness and transparency.

·         Disclosure would improve public knowledge and debate on the
organisation and management of the Lambeth Country Show.

 

It is not in the public interest to provide sensitive information if it
would mean that the council and its partners cannot effectively carry out
its functions.  The public interest means what is in the best interests of
the public not what is of interest to the public.   The Council has
considered the public interest test in withholding the requested
information outweighs the public interest test in disclosure of the
requested information.  In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, this correspondence acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

 

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By email: [1][Lambeth Borough Council request email] (Please quote the reference number above)
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Freedom of Information
London Borough of Lambeth

P.O. Box 734

Winchester

S023 5DG

 

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

I would like to request an internal review of this Freedom of Information request. A similar request in previous years led to the Council making available in the public domain the minutes for the de-briefing meeting:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

A precedent has been established.

Please can you either provide me with a copy of the minutes for 2017, or publish them elsewhere.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Jason Cobb

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please update me with the status of my request for an internal review.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Jason Cobb

FoI, Lambeth Borough Council

Dear Mr Cobb

The deadline for our response is 10 July; we anticipate that we will respond by this date but will let you know if there are any delays.

Kind regards

Jane Shields LLB LLM
Policy & Communications Manager
(FOI Co-ordinator)
Corporate Complaints Unit
P.O. Box 734
Winchester
S023 5DG

London Borough of Lambeth

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please can you respond to this now overdue request.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Jason Cobb

Chris Cox left an annotation ()

Lambeth's behavior here is unacceptable - are they deliberately delaying the response until after the upcoming show? You should take this to the ICO.

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please can you update me with the outcome of the Internal Review. This request is now long overdue and is legally due a response. Would it be cynical to suggest that you are waiting until the Country Show is over for 2018?

Yours faithfully,

Jason Cobb

Internal review team, Lambeth Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: IR239697

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Dear Mr Cobb
 
I write in connection with your request for an Internal Review. I
apologise for the delay.

I can confirm that the Council maintains it's original reliance on s31 as
correct; we do not consider that we wish to change our position at this
stage.

 

Should you still be dissatisfied then please refer to the Information
Commissioner's Office ia:- [1]https://ico.org.uk
Kind regards,

 

Jane Shields LLB LLM
Policy & Communications Manager

 

Freedom of Information Team
London Borough of Lambeth 
Tel: 020 7926 0547
E-mail: [2][Lambeth Borough Council request email]
Website: [3]www.lambeth.gov.uk 
Corporate Complaints Unit
P.O. Box 734
Winchester
S023 5DG 
 

 

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