Scientific Advisory Councils
Charlie Burton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
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Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I would be very grateful if you would provide me with a list of your ministry’s scientific advisory councils and committees, or ad hoc groups that you have convened or consulted for scientific advice, since 2007. For each of these could you please provide details of when they met, who was present, and the topic of discussion.
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Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Dear Mr Burton
I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information you requested on 27 February. A copy of the information which
can be disclosed is enclosed in the format you requested.
I have to advise you that some of the information you requested is being
withheld under Section 40 (Personal Information), of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Release of this information is regarded as unfair
in personal privacy terms, and would infringe a person's rights under the
Data Protection Act 1988. Section 40 is an absolute exemption - this
means that it is not subject to a public interest balance.
However, in common with most requests for officials' names, I have listed
those at senior civil service level or above, and have sought permission
from the secretariat / chairs of each group to release the names of other
relevant external individuals. Officials whom we know to be below senior
civil service level have been withheld in accordance with the principle
set out above under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act. Where
group memberships are already listed online (AurAC/SSAC), I have
reproduced these names as there is a clear expectation, as with those
staff at or above senior civil service level, that they are already in the
public domain, or sufficiently public facing for this not to be an
intrusion of their privacy.
I hope you find this information helpful.
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