Dear Durham County Council,

Please provide me with the minutes of any Committee managed by Durham County Council or where there is a Joint Committee of which Durham County Council is a member and where the issue of Water Fluoridation was officially Scrutinised between 2015 and the date of this FoI request.

If no Scrutiny took place between 2015 and the date of this FoI request, please provide the reasons why Scrutiny was not considered applicable to this issue.

Yours faithfully,

Joy Warren

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council


This letter is our acknowledgement of your request received 18-FEB-2019. Please note the reference number in the subject line of this email and refer to it in any future correspondence. The case officer dealing with your request is:
Christine Paciorek Tel: 03000 268036

Depending on the type of request, it will be handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). Both of these have a statutory 20 working day deadline for a response however, in some cases, the deadline may be extended to 40 working days. The deadline for an FOIA request can be extended if an extended public interest test is required before deciding to respond. The deadline for an EIR request can be extended if the information requested is too voluminous or complex to respond to fully within the 20 day timescale. If this is the case, we will write to explain that to you.

If we hold this information, we will let you know and in most cases supply it to you. You may request a particular format for receiving the information and we will do our best to accommodate. In most cases, we will respond by email or letter in 12 point Arial font. If you have a particular need to receive the material in a different format, please let us know.

In some cases, the information you request will be exempt from disclosure. What this means is that the legislation allows the Council to refuse to provide the information. Where this occurs, we will tell you the reasons why and we will explain how to appeal that decision.

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We may also need to contact you to clarify your request. We are obliged to do this under s.16 of the Act, which refers to the duty to provide advice and assistance to applicants. When we ask to clarify your request, the 20 working day countdown stops until we hear back from you. If you have not contacted us about the request within 30 days, we will close it.
Please note that your request and our response will be put on the Council’s disclosure log. What this means is that we keep a log of all the requests and responses if anyone wants to look at them. When we put the request and response on the log, we remove the applicant’s name and any personal references. In any case, where personal information remains, it will be done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA).
If you have any questions or need further information, then please contact:

The Information Management Team
Durham County Council
Assistant Chief Executive’s Office
Room 4/143-148
County Hall
Tel. 03000 268038
Email: [Durham County Council request email]
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 01625 545 745
Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely,
Information Management Team

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Dear Applicant
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Response to request for information - FOI20198049JW.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding and find attached our response to your request for information. If you have any further questions or need any additional information, please contact the Information Management Team at [Durham County Council request email]
Yours faithfully

Christine Paciorek BA(Hons) PC foi and dp
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer
Transformation and Partnerships
Durham County Council
County Hall
Telephone 03000 268036
Switchboard 03000 26 0000
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