Dear Sir or Madam,

I have noticed that decision L/6 regarding Neptune Theatre made by the Executive Board of Liverpool City Council on 22 May 2009[1] (and related documents) has been declared restricted by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

"Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)"

which is not required to be registered by any of the following Acts:

The Companies Act 1985
The Friendly Societies Act 1974
The Friendly Societies Act 1992
The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts
The Building Societies Act 1986
The Charities Act 1993

(see [2])

It appears that the very wide-ranging Schedule 12A was inserted by The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 under the powers of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, and I am of the opinion that it was an oversight not to include the Freedom of Information Act 2000 among those acts that have to be taken into consideration when deciding to hold council business in secret.

Please may I have disclosure of this decision and related documents for this agenda item considered under the Freedom of Information Act.

You do not need to send me a copy if you make it available in its place under this agenda heading on the Council website.

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* [2]

Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd

Winstanley, Carl,

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Enquiries to: Wendy Twigge Your Ref:

Our Ref: FOI/WT/CW/63442

Date: 05 June 2009

Dear Mr Todd,

Acknowledgement in respect of request for information.

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information from the
City Council. Your request was received in our offices on 05 June 2009
and, is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act

The information you have requested can be summarised as follows:

1. Information regarding the Neptune theatre.

If the above summary is incorrect or you wish to change any details, let
me know at the earliest opportunity.

A response will be sent to you as soon as possible and in any case within
the statutory deadline which is 20 working days from the working day after
your request was received.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent the release of information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and, if any of the exemption categories apply, the information
will not be provided to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

Please quote the above reference number in all future communications.

Yours sincerely

Miss W Twigge (pp)

Information Manager

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Winstanley, Carl,

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Dear Mr. Todd,

Please find attached a response to your request (ref: 63442) under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000

Yours sincerley

Carl Winstanley
Information Officer
Legal Services
Municipal Buildings
Dale Street
L2 2DH

Tel: 225 3007
Email: [email address]

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