Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please may I have copies of the Press logs (you may have a different name for them) produced by your press department for the month of OCTOBER 2010.

A press log is a (usually) daily collection of relevant news items pulled together for the briefing of senior Metropolitan Police personnel.

Please can you also provide me with the distribution list for this press log. (for the month of OCTOBER 2010)

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Dunn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011090000738
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/09/2011. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Please may I have copies of the Press logs (you may have a different name
for them) produced by your press department for the month of OCTOBER 2010.

A press log is a (usually) daily collection of relevant news items pulled
together for the briefing of senior Metropolitan Police personnel.

Please can you also provide me with the distribution list for this press
log. (for the month of OCTOBER 2010)"

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
deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact me at the above e-mail address, quoting the reference number
above.

Yours sincerely

Rozmarie Loizou
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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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monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
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reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and
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during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

You have now exceeded the 20 day period for an FOI response. Can you please indicate when I will be provided a response. I can't imagine this request is too difficult.

I will refer to the ICO if a response is not forthcoming soon.

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Dunn,

Thank you for your e-mail. Apologies for the late reply as I have been on
leave.

I just forwarded your e-mail to Mr. Mike McGuill (case worker) who will
update you on your request as soon as possible.

Apologies for the delay and for the inconvenience caused.

With kind regards,

Rozmarie Loizou.

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Are you actually stating that this delay is down to you going on leave?

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Dunn,

I'm afraid you have misunderstood my below e-mail.

As stated in my below e-mail, your request is being dealt by Mr. Mike McGuill (case worker) not myself. Again, I will ask Mr. McGuill to update you on your request as soon as possible.

The delay I referred to was the delay in responding to your request for an update - this was due to my being on leave.

Once again, apologies for this delay and for the inconvenience caused.

With kind regards,

Rozmarie Loizou.

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Hello Mr Dunn

Apologies for the delay in responding to your FOIA request 2011090000738.

We have been dealing with a very high volume of work recently, but please
be assured I am working on your request and will get you a reply as soon
as possible.

Thanks

Mike McGuill
MPS

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Dunn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011090000738

I write in connection with your request for information, which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 6 September 2011.  I
note you seek access to the following information:

Please may I have copies of the Press logs (you may have a different name
for them) produced by your press department for the month of OCTOBER 2010.
     
A press log is a (usually) daily collection of relevant news items pulled
together for the briefing of senior Metropolitan Police personnel.

Please can you also provide me with the distribution list for this press
log. (for the month of OCTOBER 2010)

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
at the Directorate of Public Affairs.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located some records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I am disclosing records subject to the deletion of information pursuant to
the provisions of sections 21 and 43 of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act).

I am releasing a daily summary of press coverage related to MPS
(attached), which is circulated daily to some senior personnel.

With this summary is normally circulated ‘cuttings’ - or copies - of the
articles referred to. I am not releasing this as I consider this material
exempt under sections 21 (accessible by other means) and 43 (commercial
interests) of the Act.

In relation to your request for a copy of the distribution list for
October 2010, this information is no longer held.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Section 17 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 in
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 the fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 21 of the Act provides:

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise than
under s1 is exempt information.

Section 43 of the Act provides:

Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would,
or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests of any person.

Public Interest Test

Public interest considerations favouring disclosure:

Disclosure would demonstrate the commitment of the MPS to the principles
of openness and accountabillity.

Public interest considerations favouring non-disclosure:

The copyright of the ‘press cuttings’ belongs to other organisations; we
have a licence and contract to receive a certain number of copies but do
not have permission to make further copies.

By its nature the material is, or has been, in the public domain, so there
is little to be gained in terms of the public interest from releasing it
again. Much of it will still be accessible via the websites of the
publications in question.

The remainder of the material would be accessible online, but behind a
‘paywall’ only; release of it would therefore potentially damage the
commercial interests of that organisation.

Balancing Test

After weighing up the competing interests I have determined that the
disclosure of the above information would not be in the public interest. I
consider that the benefit that would result from the information being
disclosed does not outweigh disclosing information.

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
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Michael McGuill
Information Manager

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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Press logs'.

Thank you for the release of the information, I would request that you perform an internal review for the following reasons;

1. the significant delay in providing a response which is considerably outside the 20 day period of the act. I understand the Met police is under a decision notice about it's failure to comply with this requirement.

2. that the information provided is of such small font that it is unintelligible

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

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

In addition in this internal review please add the following item;

3. The original request asked for the distribution list for the press logs. This has not been forthcoming other than 'to some senior police officers'. I am requesting the actual names of the Metropolitan police on this distribution list.

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear  James Dunn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011110000471

I write in connection with your letter dated 2nd November 2011 requesting
that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response dated  2nd
November 2011 to your request for information relating to:

* FOIA Complaint pertaining to closed case 2011090000738.

The review will be conducted in accordance with the MPS complaints
procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 30th November
2011.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact Mike Lyng on telephone number 02071613605 or at the address at the
top of the letter quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mike Lyng
Quality and Assurance Advisor

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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear James Dunn
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011110000471
Further to our letter of 3rd November 2011, I am now able to provide a
full response to your complaint dated 2nd November 2011 concerning FOIA
Complaint pertaining to closed case 2011090000738.

Please note due to the size of attachment you will receive two emails
concerning this response with first attachment for information dated
1st-16th October 2010 and the second email attachment for 17th - 31st
October 2010.
Original Request (dated 6th September 2011)
Please may I have copies of the Press logs (you may have a different name
for them) produced by your press department for the month of OCTOBER 2010.
A press log is a (usually) daily collection of relevant news items pulled
together for the briefing of senior Metropolitan Police personnel.
Please can you also provide me with the distribution list for this press
log. (for the month of OCTOBER 2010)
Your email (dated 5th October 2011)
You have now exceeded the 20 day period for an FOI response. Can you
please indicate when I will be provided a response.  I can't imagine this
request is too difficult.
I will refer to the ICO if a response is not forthcoming soon.
MPS response to email (dated 18th October 2011)
Thank you for your e-mail. Apologies for the late reply as I have been on
leave.
I just forwarded your e-mail to Mr. Mike McGuill (case worker) who will
update you on your request as soon as possible.
Apologies for the delay and for the inconvenience caused.
Your email (dated 25th October 2011)
Are you actually stating that this delay is down to you going on leave?
MPS response to email (dated 25th October 2011)
I'm afraid you have misunderstood my below e-mail.
As stated in my below e-mail, your request is being dealt by Mr. Mike
McGuill (case worker) not myself. Again, I will ask Mr. McGuill to update
you on your request as soon as possible.
The delay I referred to was the delay in responding to your request for an
update - this was due to my being on leave.
Once again, apologies for this delay and for the inconvenience caused.
MPS response from case worker (dated 25th October 2011)
Apologies for the delay in responding to your FOIA request 2011090000738.
We have been dealing with a very high volume of work recently, but please
be assured I am working on your request and will get you a reply as soon
as possible.
Request for review (2 emails dated 2nd November 2011)
1. the significant delay in providing a response which is considerably
outside the 20 day period of the act. I understand the Met police is under
a decision notice about it's failure to comply with this requirement.
2. that the information provided is of such small font that it is
unintelligible
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...
In addition in this internal review please add the following item;
3. The original request asked for the distribution list for the press
logs. This has not been forthcoming other than 'to some senior police
officers'. I am requesting the actual names of the Metropolitan police on
this distribution list.
DECISION
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has
decided that incorrect procedure was followed in reaching our original
decision. In addition the review has decided to uphold the original
decision to engage section 43 commercial interests and section 21
information reasonably accessible by other means and that information
relevant to part of this request was not held by the MPS.
In accordance with The Code of Practice (Freedom Of Information Act 2000,
section 45), I would like to advise you that this complaint process
provides a fair and thorough review of handling issues and of decisions
taken pursuant to the Act, including decisions taken about where the
public interest lies in respect of exempt information. This enables a
fresh decision to be taken on a reconsideration of all the factors
relevant to the points you have raised.
Please see the legal annex for the sections of the Act and other
references that are referred to in this letter.
REASON FOR DECISION
Before I explain the reasons for the decisions I have made in relation to
your request for a review, I thought that it might assist you 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.  Section 1
 provides that any person making a request for information to a  public
authority is entitled (a) to be informed in writing by the public
authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the
request and (b) if that is the case to have that information communicated
to him.
I have considered your original request for information within the
provisions set out by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and have today
decided to uphold the original decision by Michael McGuill to engage
section 21 and section 43 which I find to be robust in this case. I will
therefore not re-iterate the reasons already provided to you but hope to
explain why in this case the MPS has confirmed no information is held in
respect of part of your request.
Review decision in respect of the delay in responding to this request:
The statutory time limit for responding to a Freedom of Information Act
request is set out in Section 10(1) of the Act 2000 (the 'Act') which
states that a public authority must comply with section1(1) promptly and
in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date
of receipt.
Therefore, a public authority must inform the applicant in writing whether
it holds the information requested and if so, communicate that information
to the applicant, promptly, but not later than 20 working days after
receipt of the request. Similarly, when a request for information is being
refused, ICO guidance also states that the public authority must issue a
refusal notice to the requester within 20 working days following the date
of receipt of the request.
Your request for information was received by the MPS on the 6th September
2011 and therefore a response should have been sent by the 4th October
2011.  The response was not sent by the MPS until 2nd November 2011. I can
confirm that in this instance a failure to respond to your request within
the time limit is a breach of section 10 of the Act.
The review has taken note of the apology letter sent by the case owner
Michael McGuill to you on the 25th October 2011 explaining 'We have been
dealing with a very high volume of work recently, but please be assured I
am working on your request and will get you a reply as soon as possible.'
The review also takes note of your comments in your email dated 5th
October 2011 'You have now exceeded the 20 day period for an FOI
response…' and in your email requesting a review on the 2nd November 2011
'the significant delay in providing a response which is considerably
outside the 20 day period of the act...'  I would like to take this
opportunity to apologise for the delay you have experienced and for any
inconvenience caused by our failure to process your request in accordance
with the legislation.  I hope to reassure you that the MPS take compliance
with the Act very seriously and are working hard to promote good practice
in regard to the processing of requests.  
Review decision in respect of the format font size:
In regards to your comment 'the information provided is of such small font
that it is unintelligible' the review has been advised that the
information appears in a small font due to the format in which it was
stored. For example, some of the lines of information are over 80 words in
length.  The review is therefore satisfied that the MPS has provided, as
would be reasonably practicable by virtue of section 11 of FoIA, the
information to you in a useable electronic format, having regard to all
the circumstances mentioned above.
The review would like to provide you with advice on how you may view the
information you have requested.  Please scroll down on the link to which
you refer http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...  to the MPS response
on 2nd November 2011 where you will see the attachment named summaries 1
31 Oct and two different versions to view.
Option 1 - select the PDF version and using the magnification option
within PDF increase the view size to 300%.  You will need to scroll to the
right where the line of information exceeds the viewing page.
Option 2 - select the HTML version, this will show the information in a
larger font.  Again, you will need to scroll to the right where the lines
exceed the viewing page size.
Under section 16 of FoIA it shall be the duty of a public authority to
provide advice and assistance to persons who have made requests for
information.  In consideration of the fact that you have had problems
viewing the information previously sent I have attached a copy of the
information previously sent, formatted in such a way as to allow you to
view it without having to use the options mentioned above.  I hope this
additional copy is of use to you. Please note due to the size of
attachment you will receive two emails concerning this response with first
attachment for information dated 1st-16th October 2010 and the second
email attachment for 17th - 31st October 2010.
Review decision in respect of the original MPS notice:
The review takes note of your comment 'The original request asked for the
distribution list for the press logs... This has not been forthcoming
other than 'to some senior police officers'. I am requesting the actual
names of the Metropolitan police on this distribution list.'
Requests under FoIA are for information held at the time a request is
made.  Section 84(c) states "information"...means information recorded in
any form'. A public authority is therefore not required to create
information or provide opinion in order to respond to a request under FoIA
unless that information is already contained within documents.
In this regard the review takes note of the comment by Michael McGuill in
the original MPS notice 'I am releasing a daily summary of press coverage
related to MPS (attached), which is circulated daily to some senior
personnel.'   The review also takes note of the advice in the notice which
states 'In relation to your request for a copy of the distribution list
for October 2010, this information is no longer held.'   The review
therefore upholds the original decision sent to you on the 2nd November
2011, that the MPS do not hold the distribution list for October 2010 and
therefore this information is not held by the MPS.
Whilst I appreciate this is not what you would have wished to receive, I
hope the explanation given and additional advice provided, have helped to
explain the MPS position in this case.

LEGAL ANNEX
Section 10 (Time for compliance with request ) of the Act provides:
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority must comply
with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt.
(2) Where the authority has given a fees notice to the applicant and the
fee is paid in accordance with section 9(2), the working days in the
period beginning with the day on which the fees notice is given to the
applicant and ending with the day on which the fee is received by the
authority are to be disregarded in calculating for the purposes of
subsection (1) the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.
(3) If, and to the extent that-
(a) section 1(1)(a) would not apply if the condition in section 2(1)(b)
were satisfied, or
(b) section 1(1)(b) would not apply if the condition in section 2(2)(b)
were satisfied,
the public authority need not comply with section 1(1)(a) or (b) until
such time as is reasonable in the circumstances; but this subsection does
not affect the time by which any notice under section 17(1) must be given.
(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that subsections (1)
and (2) are to have effect as if any reference to the twentieth working
day following the date of receipt were a reference to such other day, not
later than the sixtieth working day following the date of receipt, as may
be specified in, or determined in accordance with, the regulations.
(5) Regulations under subsection (4) may-
(a) prescribe different days in relation to different cases, and
(b) confer a discretion on the Commissioner.
(6) In this section- "the date of receipt" means-
(a) the day on which the public authority receives the request for
information, or
(b) if later, the day on which it receives the information referred to in
section 1(3);
"working day" means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas
Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the [1971 c. 80.]
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.

Section 11 (Means by which communication to be made) of the Act provides:
(1)Where, on making his request for information, the applicant expresses a
preference for communication by any one or more of the following means,
namely-
(a)the provision to the applicant of a copy of the information in
permanent form or in another form acceptable to the applicant,
(b)the provision to the applicant of a reasonable opportunity to inspect a
record containing the information, and
(c)the provision to the applicant of a digest or summary of the
information in permanent form or in another form acceptable to the
applicant,
the public authority shall so far as reasonably practicable give effect to
that preference.
(2)In determining for the purposes of this section whether it is
reasonably practicable to communicate information by particular means, the
public authority may have regard to all the circumstances, including the
cost of doing so.
(3)Where the public authority determines that it is not reasonably
practicable to comply with any preference expressed by the applicant in
making his request, the authority shall notify the applicant of the
reasons for its determination.
(4)Subject to subsection (1), a public authority may comply with a request
by communicating information by any means which are reasonable in the
circumstances.
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
contact me on  0207 161 3605 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely
Mike Lyng
Quality and Assurance Advisor    

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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

1 Attachment

Dear James Dunn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011110000471

As previously mentioned in my earlier email today,  due to the size of the
document I have had to save it as two smaller files to enable me to email
it to you.  This is for information dated 17th - 31st October 2010.

This is the final attachment , which now completes the review decision.  

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to contact the Information
Commissioner with your complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 3605 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mike Lyng
Quality and Assurance Advisor
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Press logs'.

If you are unable to provide the distribution list for the time period requested, can you please give the distribution list for today, that an indication can be obtained as to who receives this material.

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

Yours faithfully,

James Dunn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear James Dunn , thank you for your email dated 4th December 2011 in
which you ask for 'an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'Press logs'.

I can advise you that the MPS has already conducted a review of your
complaint dated 2nd November 2011 for which you were sent the review
decision on the 30th November 2011.  As  mentioned in this review
decision, 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]ww.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to: Information Commissioner's Office ,
Wycliffe House , Water Lane, Wilmslow , Cheshire, SK9 5AF,  Phone: 01625
545 700

I can also advise you that your request 'can you please give the
distribution list for today, that an indication can be obtained as to who
receives this material.' has been forwarded to our Admin Team to be
recorded as a new request for information and allocated to an Information
manager.

I hope this clarifies the position in this case.

Regards Mike

Mike Lyng | FOIA Quality and Assurance Advisor | Security Standards and
Architecture | Directorate of Information | Public Access Office |
Metropolitan Police Service

Telephone 020 7161 3605 | Fax 020 7161 3503 | Email
[email address]
Address 20th Floor, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Dunn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011120000756
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 04/12/2011.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

*   "can you please give the distribution list for today, that an
indication can be obtained as to who receives this material. "

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 deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your
right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
write or contact FOIA Team on telephone number 02071613640 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

P Deja
Policy and Support Officer
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your
request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is
to telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your
decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

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