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Dear Environment Agency,

Please treat this request for information as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide me with the following information:

1. The minutes of the last four meetings of the EA Thames Navigation Users Forum.

2. The venue, time and list of invitees of the forthcoming EA Thames Navigation Users Forum scheduled for 29th October 2019.

3. The contact details for the EA Thames Navigation Users Forum.

4. The minutes of the last four meetings of the EA National Navigation Users Forum.

5. The date, venue, time and list of invitees of the next EA National Navigation Users Forum.

6. The contact details for the EA National Navigation Users Forum.

If any of this information is available publicly on the Environment Agency web site please provide the links.

Thank you. I look forward to your reply within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

P Smith

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Smith

 

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Thank you for your request for information of 9 October 2019.

 

Regarding your request:

 

1.     The minutes of the last four meetings of the EA Thames Navigation
Users Forum.

 

Sets of minutes of 4 last meetings plus additional attachments referred to
in the minutes for meetings on 5 June, 16 October 2018 and 26 February
2019.

 

2.     The venue, time and list of invitees of the forthcoming EA Thames
Navigation Users Forum scheduled for 29th October 2019.

 

Invitee list for meeting on 29 October 2019 is attached.

 

3.     The contact details for the EA Thames Navigation Users Forum.

 

Contact details: [1][email address]

 

 

4.     The minutes of the last four meetings of the EA National Navigation
Users Forum.

 

The Minutes of the meetings for 2 Dec 2016, 26 July 2017, 27 June 2018 and
12 June 2019 are attached. Please note names of individuals outside our
employment have been redacted using black marker pen.

 

The Environment Agency is not able to disclose named individuals we have
corresponded with as this is personal data under the Data Protection Act
2018 (DPA 2018) and to disclose it would breach the First Data Protection
Principle of the DPA 2018. 

 

The information requested is therefore exempt due to Regulation 13(1) of
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which explains that:

 

“To the extent that the information requested includes personal data of
which the applicant is not the data subject, a public authority must not
disclose the personal data if—

(a) the first condition is satisfied…”

 

The ‘first condition’ referred to above is further explained in Regulation
13(2A):

“The first condition is that the disclosure of the information to a member
of the public otherwise than under these Regulations—

(a) would contravene any of the data protection principles…”

 

The First Data Protection Principle requires that we are fair to
individuals when we collect, hold and use their personal data.  In this
case it would be unfair to disclose information that would identify
individuals who have communicated with us, as those individuals have a
reasonable expectation that such information held by the Environment
Agency would remain confidential.

 

The type of information you have requested is personal information which
can only be disclosed to the individual concerned.  This exemption applies
because the right given under the Regulations to request official
information held by public authorities does not apply to the personal data
of third parties where disclosure of that information would not be fair to
the individual, and where there is no legitimate public interest in
disclosure.

 

There is no requirement to conduct a public interest test where the
refusal relates to the exception for personal data.

 

 

5.     The date, venue, time and list of invitees of the next EA National
Navigation Users Forum.

 

 

We do not have a date set yet but are planning the next meeting for
February 2020 which will be held in London.

 

 

6.     The contact details for the EA National Navigation Users Forum.

 

 

The contact email address for the National Navigation Users Forum is
[2][email address]

 

 

I hope that we have correctly interpreted your request. 

 

Please refer to our Open Government Licence for the permitted use of the
supplied information:
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Environment Agency - Thames

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