MPS commercial activities

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Brian Pead (Account suspended)

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please provide a TRUE copy of all business relations with Helical Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED (04768304) of Brockley, southeast London (or any other address) in the period 2000 - 2017.

We require a list of ALL transactions between the MPS and the garage, to include details of vehicles serviced/repaired, together with dates and the amount of monies paid the garage or any Directors thereof. We also require the names of the officers authorising (a) the repair of the vehicles and (b) the transfer of monies to the companies.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Pead
Investigative author
www.LambethChildAbuse.org
www.Justice4BrianPead.com

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr  Pead

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001035

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 28/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide a TRUE copy of all business relations with Helical
Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE
LIMITED (04768304) of Brockley, southeast London (or any other
address) in the period 2000 - 2017. We require a list of ALL
transactions between the MPS and the garage, to include details of
vehicles serviced/repaired, together with dates and the amount of
monies paid the garage or any Directors thereof. We also require the
names of the officers authorising (a) the repair of the vehicles and
(b) the transfer of monies to the companies.

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Brian Pead (Account suspended)

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

You are currently out of time with your response.

Please respond in accordance with the Rule of Law.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Pead

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Pead,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to provide you with a response within the 20 working day timeframe. I can confirm that the person dealing with your request is Maureen McGuire.

Maureen: I would be grateful if you could please provide Mr Pead with an update on his request.

Thank you.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana| FOI Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 3500 (10am – 2pm) | Internal: 703510 | Email: [email address]
Address: Information Rights Unit, 3rd Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

Protective Marking: RESTRICTED
Not Suitable for Publication:
Recipients of this email should be aware that all communications within and to and from the Metropolitan Police Service are subject to consideration for release under the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations. The MPS will consider all information suitable for release unless there are valid and proportionate public interest reasons not to, therefore, sensitive information not for public disclosure must be highlighted as such. Further advice can be obtained from the Information Rights Unit - 020 7161 3500.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Pead

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001035

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 28/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide a TRUE copy of all business relations with Helical
Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE
LIMITED (04768304) of Brockley, southeast London (or any other
address) in the period 2000 - 2017. We require a list of ALL
transactions between the MPS and the garage, to include details of
vehicles serviced/repaired, together with dates and the amount of
monies paid the garage or any Directors thereof. We also require the
names of the officers authorising (a) the repair of the vehicles and
(b) the transfer of monies to the companies.

Your request is being considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  Unfortunately we have been unable to
respond to your request within  the statutory timescale of 20 working days
as defined by the Act as enquiries are ongoing.

I will endeavour to forward a response to you at the earliest opportunity.

May I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Maureen McGuire
Information Manager
Information Rights Unit
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Pead

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001035

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 28/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please provide a TRUE copy of all business relations with Helical
Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE
LIMITED (04768304) of Brockley, southeast London (or any other
address) in the period 2000 - 2017. We require a list of ALL
transactions between the MPS and the garage, to include details of
vehicles serviced/repaired, together with dates and the amount of
monies paid the garage or any Directors thereof. We also require the
names of the officers authorising (a) the repair of the vehicles and
(b) the transfer of monies to the companies. .

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS.  The searches located information relevant to your
request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose some of the requested information.  Some
data has been withheld as it is exempt from disclosure and therefore this
response serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  Please see the legal annex for further
information on the exemptions applied in respect of your request.

Having located and considered the relevant information, I am afraid that I
am not required by statute to release this information.
 
This email serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17(1)(a)(b)(c) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  
Before I explain the reasons for the decisions I have made in relation to
your request, I thought that it would be helpful if I outline the
parameters set out by the Act within which a request for information can
be answered.
The Act creates a statutory right of access to information held by public
authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request must, if
permitted, confirm if the requested information is held by that public
authority and, if so, then communicate that information to the applicant.
The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject
to a number of exemptions, which are designed to enable public authorities
to withhold information that is not suitable for release. Importantly, the
Act is designed to place information into the public domain, that is, once
access to information is granted to one person under the Act, it is then
considered public information and must be communicated to any individual
should a request be received.  
Under the Act, there are two types of exemptions that can be applied to
information considered unsuitable for public release. These exemptions are
referred to as absolute exemptions and qualified exemptions. When an
absolute exemption is applied to information, a public authority is not
required to consider whether release of that information is in the 'public
interest'. When a qualified exemption is applied to information, a public
authority must establish whether the 'public interest' lies in disclosing
or withholding the requested information. The public interest is
determined by conducting a 'Public Interest Test' (PIT).
Both absolute and qualified exemptions can be further divided into
class-based or prejudice-based exemptions. Class-based exemptions are
those in which it is assumed the disclosure of information would result in
harm. There is therefore no requirement to demonstrate what that harm may
be. Prejudiced-based exemptions are those where firstly, it is necessary
to establish the nature of the prejudice/harm that may result from
disclosure and secondly, to determine the likelihood of the prejudice
occurring.
REASONS FOR DECISION

I have considered your request for information within the provisions set
out by the Act and can confirm that the requested information is held by
the MPS.
This information has been partially exempted pursuant to the provisions of
Section 43(2) of the Act.
Section 43(2) of the Act allows a public authority to withhold information
if a person's commercial interests would be compromised by its release.  
(A 'person' may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself
or any other legal entity.)  

Section's 43 require a Public Interest Test (PIT).  The purpose of the PIT
is to establish whether the 'Public Interest' lies in disclosing or
withholding the requested information.
Please see the Legal Annex for the sections of the Act that are referred
to in this response.

Public interest considerations favouring disclosure

Factors favouring disclosure for Section 43

Disclosure of the requested information would enable the public to have a
better understanding of how public funds are spent and how the
decision-making process is completed.
Public interest considerations favouring non-disclosure

Factors favouring non-disclosure for Section 43
By disclosing the information requested would damage ongoing tender
processes and undermine the relationship between FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED
and the Metropolitan Police Service and could lead to civil action taking
place. To disclose the information requested would undermine the company
in its ability to be competitive when providing services to the public
sector.

Disclosure of a TRUE copy of all business relations with Helical Gearboxes
(H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED would prove
detrimental to the relationship between the MPS and our partners and as a
result may effect the bargaining position of the MPS.  

The MPS is guided by the ICO guidance on the test of prejudice when
deciding whether the release of information would, or would likely to,
harm someone's commercial interest.   The following considerations are
relevant in this case:-
The Information Commissioners Office advises 'Commercial information
relates to the activity of buying or selling goods and services.  Some
information may have a very direct relationship with commercial activity,
for example, the price at which goods or services are offered for sale.
 Other information may have a less direct link to a commercial
transaction.
The exempt information relates to what Helical Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES
LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED are charging the MPS for
each job type.  To give out a job by job break down of the value and
nature of each repair would be detrimental for Helical Gearboxes (H&C
GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED because the
actual charges to a high frequency customer would probably be less than
the amount charged for a one off service, disclosure of the charge would
weaken their negotiation position for contacts with other customers.  This
would also be detrimental for the MPS as it would reduce genuine
competition with Helical Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or
FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED as future suppliers will attempt to come in just
under cost rather than present their genuine lowest cost.  To release this
information into the public domain would damage the business confidence
with Helical Gearboxes (H&C GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY
GARAGE LIMITED and consequently any future arrangements with the MPS.
The ICO advises 'The level of competition within an industry will affect
whether the release of information will harm someone's commercial
interests.......'
I consider that considerations favouring non-disclosure of the requested
information far outweighs the considerations favouring disclosure.
Balancing Test

In deciding whether to claim S43 of the Act I have considered whether the
public interest lies in favour of releasing information into the public
domain or whether there is sufficient reason to support withholding the
requested information.   Having considered your request and having
examined the associated risk in release,  I have found there is a risk to
the commercial risks of an organisation.  I believe this risk, as outlined
above, is both real and likely.

Having considered the public interest, I have found that it is important
that the MPS protects its own commercial interests, as well as those of
any organisation which might tender a request to the MPS.  In view of
this, I have found that the public interest lies in favour of preserving
the commercial interest by withholding some of the requested information.

DISCLOSURE

During the period 2000 - 2017:

In 2000 there was 1 transaction between the MPS and Helical Gearboxes (H&C
GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED.
The overall cost of business between the MPS and Helical Gearboxes (H&C
GEARBOXES LTD (05896220) and/ or FOXBERRY GARAGE LIMITED for 2000 was
£343.75  

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