Refusals to disclose

Simon Hoyle made this Freedom of Information request to East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Please, from the register you are legally obliged to keep, give details of all FOI requests refused an answer by EMAS since year 2000 and the reasons, the number answered following an internal review and details of the request and answer, the number of refused requests answered after referral to the Office of The Information Commissioner and the details of those requests and finally number and full details of any requests you were ordered by a court to answer.

Please also highlight any refused requests which were refused because you deemed the information "commercially sensitive" and details of the internal procedure you must follow to arrive at this decision

Yours faithfully,

Simon Hoyle

Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Ref: FOI/15/277

 

16 March 2016

 

Dear Mr Hoyle

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 15 March 2016 requesting details of
Freedom of Information Act (2000) requests where an exemption has been
used by EMAS since 2000.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

5 Attachments

Ref: FOI/15/277

 

12 April 2016

 

Dear Mr Hoyle

 

We are writing further to your e-mail dated 15 March 2016 requesting
details of Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) requests where an
exemption has been used by EMAS since 2000.

 

It should be noted that from 1 January 2005 (when FOI came into full
effect) to the date of your request (16 March 2016) EMAS have received a
total of 1,603 FOI requests.

 

The answers to your questions can be found below:

 

·         From the register you are legally obliged to keep give details
of all FOI requests refused an answer by EMAS since year 2000 and the
reasons – Our focus as a Trust is to be open and transparent, and as such
we have never refused to answer a FOI request.  The only times we apply
exemptions to requests are when it is appropriate and legal to do.  The
attached Spreadsheet highlights every FOI request that we have engaged
either a partial or full exemption to since 1 January 2005.

 

·         The number answered following an internal review and details of
the request and answer – We can confirm that since 2005, we have only been
asked to conduct an Internal Review on 11 occasions, and descriptions of
these are also highlighted within the attached Spreadsheet.

 

·         The number of refused requests answered after referral to the
Office of The Information Commissioner and the details of those requests –
We have been contacted by the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO)
on 4 occasions about complaints they had received.  Two of these were
received after we had conducted an Internal Review.   The other two
related to responses not being received by requesters in the statutory
timescales.  However, on both of these occasions, the original request had
not been received by the FOI office.  Details of these incidents can also
be found in the attached Spreadsheet.

 

·         Number and full details of any requests you were ordered by a
court to answer – We have never been ordered by a Court to provide
information under FOI.

 

·         Please also highlight any refused requests which were refused
because you deemed the information "commercially sensitive" and details of
the internal procedure you must follow to arrive at this decision – We
have applied an exemption under Section 43 (Commercial Interests) on 14
occasions since 1 January 2005, and details of these can be found in the
attached Spreadsheet.  Our internal procedure for applying any appropriate
exemption under FOI is found in the attached Freedom of Information Policy
and Procedure.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

Notes:

 

We’re interested in your views on how we deal with Freedom of Information
requests and would welcome your feedback.  Please take a few moments to
complete our short questionnaire – available here at:
[1]http://www.emas.nhs.uk/freedom-of-inform....

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Matthew Williams, Records Manager, Information Governance and Compliance
Team, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Trust Headquarters, 1
Horizon Place, Mellors Way, Nottingham Business Park, Nottingham NG8 6PY.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

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Headquarters

Beechdale Road

Nottingham

NG8 3LL

 

 

 

From: Williams Matthew
Sent: 16 March 2016 16:13
To: '[FOI #322684 email]'
<[FOI #322684 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Refusals to Disclose

 

Ref: FOI/15/277

 

16 March 2016

 

Dear Mr Hoyle

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 15 March 2016 requesting details of
Freedom of Information Act (2000) requests where an exemption has been
used by EMAS since 2000.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Description:
Description: Telephone: 0115 9193446
Description:
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my name is
[10]www.emas.nhs.uk
Matthew Williams
Records Manager                         @EMASNHSTRUST[11]Description:
Description: Description: Description: Description:
East Midlands Description: Description: Description: Description:
Ambulance Service cid:image002.png@01CF367A.50F55880
NHS Trust
Nottinghamshire
Headquarters

Beechdale Road

Nottingham

NG8 3LL

 

 

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