Police National Computer definition

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Dear Home Office,

This is a FOI request surrounding the Police National Computer and the definition of a 'national' database.

Considering that statutory authority for the existence of the PNC is provided by section 27(4) of the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which extends to England and Wales only and that further regulations provided by the National Police Records (Recordable Offences) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/1139) extends to England and Wales only and that any police force maintained under or by virtue of section 1 of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 (c. 77), including the cadets under the control of the chief constable of that force is to be regarded as a 'restrictedly
listed police force' and therefore out with NPIA's authority is it correct to refer to the Police National Computer as the national database for England and Wales.

If you disagree with this assertion and believe that the Police National Computer should be referred to as the national database for the United Kingdom, please provide all statutory evidence (primary as well as secondary) that enables you to make this assertion.

Yours faithfully,

D McIntyre

Information Access, Home Office

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Please see attached the response to your request for information.

 

Peter Zebedee | Information Management Service | Financial and Commercial
Group | Lower Ground Floor | Seacole Building | Home Office | 2 Marsham
Street | London SW1P 4DF

 

 

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Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Police National Computer definition'.

I disagree with the reply that I have received. My request did not ask who manages the 'PNC' I'm well aware that the NPIA [the Agency] have the remit for managing the PNC. My request centres around whether it is correct to refer to the Police National Computer as the national database for England and Wales.

Statutory authority for the existence of the PNC is provided by section 27(4) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which extends to England and Wales only. As per schedule one of the Police and Justice Act 2006, the Agency require the approval of the Secretary of State for the Home Department for changes in the policy or practice of the Agency. Therefore if any changes were to be made as to the remit of the PNC, approval must be made to the Secretary of State.

My original request is entirely valid in being directed towards the Home Office. What is the correct definition of the PNC (how would the Secretary of State for the Home Department describe it to Parliament).

If it were to be described as the national database
for the United Kingdom, please provide all statutory evidence (primary as well as secondary) that enables you to make this assertion.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/po...

Yours faithfully,

D McIntyre

Information Access, Home Office

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D McIntyre

 

Please see attached.

 

FOI TEAM

Information Management Service (IMS)

Information Services Centre

LG Seacole Building

Marsham Street

London

 

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Dear Mr McIntyre,

 

Please see the attached response to your internal review request.

 

Many Thanks

 

Reshma Patel

Information Service Centre

Shared Services Financial and Commercial Group

Lower Ground Floor Seacole Building

2 Marsham Street

SW1P 4DF

 

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