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Dear House of Commons,
Please provide me with a copy of the Red Book (also called: "Duties of the Clerk of a Select Committee").

Yours faithfully,

Mr Cross

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Cross,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F15-006

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below.  You asked for
a copy of the Red Book, which is now called ‘Select Committees: Practice
and Procedure’.

 

Please find this document and the relevant appendices attached. This
document is still in draft, but is the most up to date version held by the
House.

 

Please note that some details pertaining to emergency security
arrangements have been redacted.

 

Information relating to security arrangements has been withheld in
accordance with section 31 (1) (a) and (b) (the exemption for law
enforcement) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as to disclose this
information would be likely to prejudice the prevention and detection of
crime. This is not an absolute exemption and requires a public test to be
performed.

We have considered our obligation to assist the public in understanding
how we conduct our business and the legitimate interest in the use of
resources funded by the taxpayer.  These obligations and legitimate
interests are outweighed by the risk of the prejudice that might arise in
relation to the prevention of crime by disclosing the measures we have in
place to prevent criminal activity being undertaken against our estate and
any persons thereon.  Disclosure of such information would fail in our
duty to assist those services providing us with law enforcement services
as it would hinder their work in preventing and detecting crime and
apprehending offenders.

 

Additionally, the information relating to security arrangements is being
withheld under section 38 (health and safety) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as to disclose this information would be likely to
endanger the safety of individuals.  This is not an absolute exemption and
requires a public test to be performed.

We have considered our obligation to assist the public in understanding
how we conduct our business by operating in an open and accountable manner
and in understanding that sufficient security measures are put in place to
protect those on the Parliamentary Estate.  These legitimate interests are
outweighed by the risk of prejudice that might arise in relation to the
health and safety of all those attending select committee events.  By
disclosing the measures we have in place to protect their health and
safety we would make it easier for anyone planning to cause harm to that
health and safety to disrupt our security arrangements making it more
difficult for assistance to be provided to anyone involved. In all the
circumstances of the case it is our view that the public interest in
maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information.

 

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