Dear Port of Dover Police,

I would ask that you treat this communication as a Freedom of
Information request and provide the following information with
regards the PDP's Prompt Payment of suppliers invoices:

1) Total bills paid in the period
2) Bills paid within 10 working days
3) % Bills paid within 10 working days
4) Total bills paid within 30 days of receipt of an undisputed
invoice
5) % bills paid within 30 days

This information should be provided for the period from
1st April 2014 to 31st October 2014.

Please acknowledge receipt of this Freedom of Information request.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Knox

Police, Port of Dover Police

Dear Mr Knox,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 2nd January 2015.

You asked " I would ask that you treat this communication as a Freedom of Information request and provide the following information with regards the PDP's Prompt Payment of suppliers invoices:

1) Total bills paid in the period
2) Bills paid within 10 working days
3) % Bills paid within 10 working days
4) Total bills paid within 30 days of receipt of an undisputed invoice
5) % bills paid within 30 days

This information should be provided for the period from 1st April 2014 to 31st October 2014."

It should be noted that the Port of Dover Police is a non-Home Office Constabulary that is funded entirely by the Port Authority, Dover Harbour Board, to provide a policing service at the Port of Dover. In response to your FOI request I would draw your attention to:-

Schedule 1, Part V, Section 64 of the Freedom of Information Act which applies to:-

Any person who-

(a) By virtue of any enactment has the function of nominating individuals who may be appointed as special constables by Justices of the Peace, and,
(b) Is not a public authority by virtue of any other provision of the Act, in respect of information relating to the exercise by any person appointed on his nomination of the functions of a special constable.

This section has the effect of applying the responsibility under the FOI Act to the Dover Harbour Board (The Port Authority who nominate and subsequently fund the Port of Dover Police), but the said responsibility is only to disclose information, if available, that relates to the functions of a constable, the obligation is no wider than that. In addition, the Dover Harbour Board is not a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act and as such is not bound by the general requirements of the Act.

Your FOI request, in my opinion, does not relate directly to the functions of a constable. All accounting matters are dealt with directly by Dover Harbour Board who, as stated, are not bound by the Freedom of Information Act.

I hope that this answers your request and respectfully request that you acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request has been complied with.

Regards
PORT OF DOVER POLICE
Sergeant Steve Williams
Eastern Docks
Dover
Kent
CT16 1JA
Telephone: 01304 216084

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