Dear National Crime Agency,
I am attempting to please gain information on organised crime within the UK.
I understand the Home Office have released a Proscribed Terrorist Organisation list, naming all terror-related organisations, when they were proscribed, under which legislation and when (if at all) removed from the list.
Although I am aware the NCA and HO are different organisations entirely and it is difficult to compare the works of both, I am requesting please to obtain a parallel to said list (above) of which (if any) organised crime groups within the UK are proscribed.
Furthermore, if there is not a proscribed organisation list in regards to organised crime, please may I request reasoning as to why this is, or if unable to be released to the public (which I do not believe is the case), why it is deemed outside of the public interest.
I look forward to your reply and greatly appreciate your time.
FAO: M. Whittaker
Our reference: SDR-020-364
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request
I write in response to your email to the National Crime Agency dated 26/07/2020.
The NCA is not listed as a ‘public authority’ in Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and as such is not obliged to respond to Freedom of Information requests. The NCA is also not listed as a ‘Scottish public authority’ in Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Any information from, or relating to, the NCA is subject to an absolute exemption from disclosure by other public authorities by virtue of Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act (as amended by the Crime and Courts Act 2013).
From time to time the NCA will make limited information available on its website www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk.
While we will not respond to specific requests, we will consider written suggestions about information that we may consider publishing in the future.
For more information about the Freedom of Information Act, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office or visit their website at www.ico.org.uk
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