Please can you provide the following information, regarding the recent police operation in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine McCann?

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please can you provide the following information, regarding the recent police operation (2nd June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine McCann?

1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.

2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific support staff, etc
)
3) How much did the entire operation cost?
(2nd June-11th June, 2014)

4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?

5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a separate government fund?

6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.

7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example, cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Stapes

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Operation Grange's 'costs' request for activity in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for time priod, 2nd June 2014 til 11th June 2014.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Stapes

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Please can you provide the following information, regarding the recent
police operation (2nd June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal,
relating to Madeleine McCann?

1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?

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, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
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Dear Mr Stapes

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Please can you provide the
following information, regarding the recent police operation (2nd
June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine
McCann?
1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated, as a result we
will not be able to respond within 20 working days.

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 07/08/2014.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
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Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager
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Dear Mr Stapes

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Please can you provide the
following information, regarding the recent police operation (2nd
June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine
McCann?
1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?
I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the date originally stated, as a result we
will not be able to respond within 20 working days.
I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 05/09/2014.
May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager

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The Information Commissioner

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Stapes
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:
Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Please can you provide the
following information, regarding the recent police operation (2nd
June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine
McCann?
1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?

I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the revised date, as a result we will not be
able to respond within 20 working days.

I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 03/10/2014.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager
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decision is incorrect?

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review their decision.

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response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

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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
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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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
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Phone:  01625 545 700

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Dear Mr Staples
 
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342
 
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note you seek
access to the following information:
 
Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Please can you provide the
following information, regarding the recent police operation (2nd
June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal, relating to Madeleine
McCann?
1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?
 
I am sorry to inform you that we have not been able to complete our
response to your request by the revised date, as a result we will not be
able to respond within 20 working days.
 
I can now advise you that the amended date for a response is 31/10/2014.
 
May I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
 
If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.
 
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Paul O'Shea
Information Manager
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
Public Access Office
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 [1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk. 
Alternatively, phone or write to:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700
 
 

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
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Dear Mr Stapes

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014060001342

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/06/2014.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Please can you provide the following information, regarding the recent
police operation (2nd June-11th June, 2014) in Praia da Luz, Portugal,
relating to Madeleine McCann?

1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz - and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )
3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer's time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities - for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

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

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 Freedom of Information Act 2000, (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.  

I have considered your request for information within the provisions set
out by the Act and can confirm that some of the requested information is
held by the MPS.
DECISION
Having identified and considered the relevant information, I am afraid
that I am not required by statute to release all the information
requested.
This response serves as a Partial Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the
Act.
REASONS FOR DECISION
You have asked for information regarding the costs related to the
investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The investigation is being conducted by the MPS under the name 'Operation
Grange'.
The Home Office is funding the operation from a Special Grant budget.
The MPS and the Home Office together review the value and the cost of the
work at each stage.

1) How many officers from UK police forces went to Praia da Luz – and how
many of those were from the Metropolitan Police.
There were 29 officers in total, 14 from the MPS and the remainder from
other UK forces.

3) How much did the entire operation cost? (2nd June-11th June, 2014)
The MPS' deployment to Portugal from the 01/06/2014 to the 08/06/2014 cost
£46,000.

4) What was the direct cost to the Metropolitan Police?
There was no direct cost to the MPS because any costs are to be taken from
the Home Office special grant.

5) Will that cost be met from the Metropolitan Police's budget, or from a
separate government fund?
This cost will be met from the Home Office special grant.

6) Are the Metropolitan Police liable to pay any other UK police forces
for their respective officer’s time / expenses? If so, please provide a
breakdown of what sums are owed to which forces.
No, these expenses will be met by the Home Office special grant.

7) Did Metropolitan Police / UK police forces / UK government funds cover
any of the expenses incurred by the Portuguese authorities – for example,
cost of excavators, any expenses for Portuguese search and rescue
volunteers, any expenses for Portuguese police officers?
No, these expenses were not met by us, they were met by the Portuguese
authorities.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 27 and 30 of the Act I have decided
to refuse access to the information requested for question 2 of your
request.      
2) Can you please provide a breakdown of the role of every officer who
went to Portugal. (ie Dog Handlers, Family liaison officers, scientific
support staff, etc )  

Please see the legal annex for the sections of the Act that are referred
to in this response.                                                      
                                   

Section 27(1)(b) - International Relations
Section 30(1)(a) - Investigations

Under Section 27(1)(b) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to withhold
information where its release would, or would be likely to, have an
adverse effect upon International Relations.

Section 27 International Relations

Evidence of Harm - International Relations

It would not be in the best interests of the public to possibly disrupt
relations between the United Kingdom and Portugal due to information being
released in response to this request.
Any disruption of relations between this country and Portugal may have an
adverse effect on the ongoing investigation of the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann, some of which is being conducted in Portugal.  
 
Public Interest Test - International Relations

The public interest is not what interests the public but what will be of
greater good if released to the community as a whole.
It is not in the public interest to disclose information that may
compromise the MPS's relationship with international Police Services and
international courts.

International Relations Public interest considerations favouring
disclosure

There is a public interest in this high profile case and disclosure could
provide the public with an insight into how international Police Services
cooperate.

International Relations Public interest considerations favouring
non-disclosure

The British Government develops and maintains a robust relationship with
other nation states which can promote mutual interest in trade, defence,
environmental issues, human rights and the fight against terrorism and
international crime.

There is the prospect that should the MPS release information which was
detrimental to its relationship with one country, other countries or
international organisations would reconsider their affinity with the UK.

This would consequently affect the UK's international abilities relating
to its overseas citizens, consular and commercial interests.

It could also influence the sharing of information provided during the
course of political and diplomatic exchanges.
Balance Test

Release of the information requested in Q2 may cause harm to the
international relations between the UK and Portugal and the ongoing
investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Our decision is that the public interest favours withholding this
information.

Section 30 Investigations

Under Section 30(1)(a) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to withhold
information relating to investigations where its release would or would be
likely to, have an adverse effect upon other investigations or the
prosecution of offenders.

This exemption can be applied following completion of 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.
Details of the resources allocated to enquiries before their completion
provides insight into the scale, nature and methodology applied to such
operations. This has the effect of undermining that methodology.

Information relating to an investigation will rarely be disclosed under
the Act and only where there is a strong public interest consideration
favouring disclosure.  

Section 30 being a qualified exemption there is a statutory requirement to
carry out a PIT when considering any disclosure and this is detailed
below.

Public Interest Test - Investigations.

The public interest is not what interests the public but what will be of
greater good if released to the community as a whole. It is not in the
public interest to disclose information that may compromise the MPS's
ability to complete any future criminal investigations.

Evidence of Harm - Investigations

In considering whether or not this information should be disclosed we have
considered the potential harm that could be caused by disclosure.

Under the Act we cannot and do not request the motives of any applicant
for information. We have no doubt the vast majority of applications under
the Act are legitimate and do not have any ulterior motives, however in
disclosing information to one applicant we are expressing a willingness to
provide it to anyone in the world.  
This means that a disclosure to a genuinely interested applicant
automatically opens it up for a similar disclosure to anyone, including
those who might represent a threat to individuals or any possible criminal
and/or civil process.

The MPS does not generally disclose information from investigations except
through our Directorate of Media & Communication to the media. This is so
potential witnesses are not discouraged to come forward and provide
statements in relation to investigations.

The manner in which investigations are conducted is usually kept in strict
secrecy so that the tactics and lines of enquiry that are followed do not
become public knowledge thereby rendering them useless.
Detailing the resources allocated to a specific area of an investigation
will give a clear insight into the nature and scope of any enquiry. Should
the public be given such information suspects or potential suspects not
yet arrested or interviewed could be alerted to police interest or the
extent of police interest. As such while such information may seem
innocuous there is the potential  for that information to frustrate the
operational enquiry team by alerting suspects or giving then prior notice
of police activity.
Sect 30 Investigations Public Interest considerations favouring
disclosure.

Details relating to the costs of investigating the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann have been periodically published by the MPS and the Home
Office.
The public therefore have a genuine interest in being informed as to the
nature and circumstances of this case.

Sect 30 Investigations Public interest considerations favouring
non-disclosure

During the course of any investigation enquires are made to secure
evidence. These enquires are made for the duration of the case and are
based upon proven methods as well as the judgement and experience of the
officer(s) in charge of the investigation.

The MPS is reliant upon these techniques to conduct its investigations and
the public release of the modus operandiemployed during the course of this
enquiry could prejudice the ability of the MPS to conduct further, similar
investigations.

Balance test

Disclosure under the Act is a disclosure to the world not just to the
individual making the request. The release of the requested information
may disclose the level of policing interest in a particular area of
policing and may give criminals an insight into the nature and scope of an
investigation.

The public's interest would not be served in releasing information if its
release could compromise this or any future policing investigation.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of Part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a)states that fact,
(b)specifies the exemption in question, and
(c)states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 27(1)(b) of the Act provides:

(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice-
(b) relations between the United Kingdom and any international
organisation or international court,

Section 30(1)(a) of the Act provides:

1) Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it has
at any time been held by the authority for the purposes of-
(a) any investigation which the public authority has a duty to conduct
with a view to it being ascertained-
(i)whether a person should be charged with an offence, or
(ii) whether a person charged with an offence is guilty of it,

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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
Public Access Office
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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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