Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Could you please provide me with information on:

1. The number of companies accused of selling banned substances in skin bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.
2. The number of companies prosecuted and fined for selling banned substances in skin bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.
3. The overall amount of fines and costs from the prosecutions of the sale of banned substances in skin bleaching products between 2016-2017, 2015-2017 and 2012-2017 and as long as records have been kept.
4. The name of the specific illegal skin bleaching products seized from those prosecuted for selling illegal bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.

Yours faithfully,
Emmanuelle

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your recent request for information. This is to inform you
that we are unable to answer your request based on the details you have
provided. To assist us in proceeding with your request please can you
provide us with further information.
 
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initial and surname. We are required to obtain a full name or initials of
a requester's name before we can process requests as per the Information
Commissioner's Office guidance (please see following link):
 
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After receiving further clarification from you, your request will be
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statutory exemptions.
 
 
Many thanks and kind regards
 
Wendy Stevens
Corporate Complaints, Casework and Information Governance Team
 

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Could you please provide me with information on:

1. The number of companies accused of selling banned substances in skin bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.
2. The number of companies prosecuted and fined for selling banned substances in skin bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.
3. The overall amount of fines and costs from the prosecutions of the sale of banned substances in skin bleaching products between 2016-2017, 2015-2017 and 2012-2017 and as long as records have been kept.
4. The name of the specific illegal skin bleaching products seized from those prosecuted for selling illegal bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.

Yours faithfully,
Emmanuelle Lhoni

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Emmanuelle,
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 424654
 
Thank you for your recent request for information from the London Borough
of Lewisham. Your request is being handled under either the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
 
Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the application of
any exemptions/exceptions. Where consideration is being given to
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period considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of
your request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a
revised time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to
deal with your request at the earliest opportunity.
 
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the information requested where the request exceeds the statutory limit or
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this together with the reason(s) why and details of how you may appeal (if
appropriate). Please note that the directorate team may contact you for
further information where we believe that the request is not significantly
clear for us to respond fully.
 
Kind Regards,
 
 
Simone Sparkes
Customer Resolution Administrator - Corporate Complaints & Casework Team
 
London Borough of Lewisham
Address: 1st Floor, Town Hall Chambers, Catford, London, SE6 4RU
Email: [1][email address]
Ext: 42189
 
 
 

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Rahman, Davina, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Emmanuelle Lhoni

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the
Council’s response under each heading.

 

1.    The number of companies accused of selling banned substances in skin
bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as
long as records have been kept.

 

We confirm that the requested information is not held.

 

We consider that the specific level of data you requested cannot be
retrieved by way of a reasonable search in the relevant electronic
database, we therefore, confirm that the requested information is not
held. The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance on determining
if information is held or not at the following link:

[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

 

We consider that the requested information is not held because:

1.    The requested information is not held in the form of a list or
schedule;

2.    Compiling the requested information does not involve a simple manual
manipulation of information held in files;

3.    The requested information cannot be extracted from an electronic
database by searching it in the form of a query.

 

In addition, although premises have been found to have illegal skin
lightening products the Council  have no evidence of recidivistic
tendencies so the matter have been dealt with in line with the Council’s
enforcement policy Unfortunately the Enforcement Team do not currently
have access to their reporting system due to ongoing technical
difficulties within their business systems department, so they are unable
to drill down against properties to identify all complaints.  (This does
not affect day to day enforcement activities as on a premises by premises
basis we can still access relevant information about that site they are
investigating).

 

 

2.    The number of companies prosecuted and fined for selling banned
substances in skin bleaching products: between 2016 – 2017, 2015 – 2017,
2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.

 

        The Council can confirm that the total is  0

 

3.The overall amount of fines and costs from the prosecutions of the sale
of banned substances in skin bleaching products between 2016-2017,
2015-2017 and 2012-2017 and as long as records have been kept.

 

      The Council can confirm that the total is  0

 

 

3.    The name of the specific illegal skin bleaching products seized from
those prosecuted for selling illegal bleaching products: between 2016 –
2017, 2015 – 2017, 2012- 2017 and as long as records have been kept.     

 

This is not applicable, in view of the Council’s previous responses as
outlined above.

 

 

We hope you will find this information helpful.

 

You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes,
including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes
of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication,
requires the permission of the copyright holder. You may apply for
permission to re-use this information by submitting a request to
[2][email address]

 

You have a right of appeal against this response which you can exercise by
writing to: Information Governance – 1st floor Town Hall Chambers,
Catford, London. SE6 4RU. Or at: [3][email address]

 

This must be requested within 40 working days of the date of this
response.

 

If you remain dissatisfied after receiving this decision, you then also
have a further right of appeal, which you can make in writing, stating
your reasons to the regulating body, the Information Commissioner's
Office. Contact details: [4]http://www.ico.gov.uk/ or 0303 123 1113 or
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Davina

Corporate Complaints

 

 

 

 

 

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