Phil Gormley - Common Purpose?

West Midlands Police did not have the information requested.

Dear West Midlands Police,

Has the former deputy chief constable of West Midlands Police, Phil Gormley, ever attended a Common Purpose training course?

If so please list the courses he has attended, their dates, their cost and details of who paid for them.

By Common Purpose, I mean the training organisation of that name:

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

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Dear Mr Walker


Thank you for your request for information, received 20 January
2010, concerning Common Purpose training.

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject
to the application of any statutory exemptions. Where consideration is
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Unit

Dear foi,

Response is overdue.

Internal review please.

Yours sincerely,

John Walker

John Walker left an annotation ()

Complaint made to ICO.

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Dear Mr Walker


Thank you for your email received 18 February where you requested West
Midlands Police to review its response to your request for information
concerning Common Purpose training

A review has been conducted and the complaint is upheld for the following

A response to this request from West Midlands Police should have been
received by you on or before 17 February 2010. The response is attached to
this email, one day after the legal deadline. Please accept my apologies
for my failure to meet the deadline. I can assure you that West Midlands
Police takes its responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act
very seriously and there has been no attempt to deliberately delay
responding to your request. We have also reviewed our administrative
process to ensure that we are able to respond within the legislative

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner*s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9

Yours sincerely,

S J Mountford

FOI Unit Manager

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Mat left an annotation ()


You may of course be interested in this

It does explain why West Midlands Police are particularly obstructive

John Walker left an annotation ()

Thank you, Mat.