Norfolk County Council - overseas trips

Jenna Corderoy made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk County Council

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The request was refused by Norfolk County Council.

Dear Norfolk County Council,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and relates to overseas trips.

From 01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed, I would like to know the number of overseas trips council officials have taken in the course of conducting council business.

For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city that was visited
- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on the overseas trip
- The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip
- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses)
- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs.
- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please state who or what composes the group or consortium.

I would like to receive the information electronically. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad or too vague, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Afternoon,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ 371889

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 11 July 2017.

Lewis Freeman will be dealing with your request.
 
We have up to 20 days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.
 
You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper
Business Support Assistant (Compliance Team)
Information Management and Technology
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DH

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Jenna

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 –Information Request ENQ371889

 

I refer to your request for information dated 11 July 2017.  In accordance
with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), I am
now in a position to respond to your request.

 

You asked: This is a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act and relates to overseas trips.

 

From 01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed, I would like to
know the number of overseas trips council officials have taken in the
course of conducting council business.

 

For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

 

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city
that was visited

- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on
the overseas trip

- The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip

- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel
costs, accommodation costs and expenses)

- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or
whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another
organisation met the costs.

- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity
or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please
state who or what composes the group or consortium.

 

Your request has been considered and is refused under section 12 of the
Act.  In accordance with the Act, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information
exceeds the "appropriate limit" of £450 as stated in the Freedom of
Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

The information that you have requested is not held centrally, rather, to
gather the information that you have requested we would have to review
100s of individual records. Whilst we cannot provide any real estimate, we
are confident that this will take in excess of 18 hours, and our
conservative estimate would be 50 hours of officer time.

 

You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the
cost of locating and retrieving the information to within the "appropriate
limit".  Please contact me if you would like some advice on refining your
request. 

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[1][email address]

or Information Compliance Team

B18

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".

 

If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Contact details as
follows:-

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

E-mail: [2][email address]

http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lewis Freeman

Information Compliance Officer

 

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