Dear House of Commons,
Would it be possible to have the numbers of emails received and sent by MPs in Lancashire and could these be delivered on a monthly basis under the FOI Act?
Dear K Martin
Thank you for your request for information dated 28 October 2013, received by us on the same date.
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Alistair Duncan | IRIS Support
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of Commons
Dear K Martin
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST F13-527
Thank you for your request for information as copied below.
You asked us for the numbers of emails received and sent by MPs in
We have considered both possible interpretations of your request:
* how many emails were sent by MPs who happened to be located in
Lancashire at the time of receiving/sending
* how many emails were sent by MPs with constituencies in Lancashire
The House of Commons does not hold the information requested.
While email communications to @parliament.uk addresses are routed through
or stored on parliamentary email servers, the House of Commons does not
hold this data for its own purposes. IT administrators may have technical
access to these systems and servers, however, the public authority has
neither created the data transmitted or stored therein, nor does it retain
the material for its own purposes. Therefore data of this nature is not
held by the House of Commons for the purposes of the FOI Act.
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Sarah Price | IRIS Support Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Many thanks for looking into this and your detailed reply.