TV Licensing Representatives Criminal Convictions

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am making this request for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am interested in TV Licensing representatives that have been convicted of criminal offences committed in the course of their duties with TVL. By representatives I mean any person employed by the BBC or any of the TVL contracted companies acting on the BBC's behalf as Licensing Authority.

I am already aware of several TVL representatives that have been convicted of criminal offences committed during the course of employment with TVL, including:
- Mr David Clark, then employed by TVL's former revenue collection sub-contractor Intrum Justitia, who was convicted of assault on 4th April 2005. As public record (and YouTube) shows, this conviction was a result of Clark assaulting a wheelchair-bound disabled man during the course of a TVL visit to his property.
- Mr Richard John Llewellyn, then employed by Capita Business Services Ltd., who was convicted at Cardiff Crown Court in September 2005 on four counts of false accounting and one count of perverting the course of justice. As public record shows, these convictions were the result of him falsifying TVL witness statements in order to dishonestly obtain commission payments.

I am aware of other cases, but in order to test the validity and completeness of any response I shall not be disclosing them in this request.

Please provide me with the names of all TVL representatives that have been convicted of criminal offences committed during the course of their TVL duties since the year 2000. Also provide details of the offences they have been convicted of.

My request extends to those employed by TVL's sub-contractors, who the BBC as Licensing Authority are still legally responsible for the actions of. I consider it extremely unlikely, given the possibility of adverse publicity, that the BBC would not have kept records of any sub-contracted staff convicted of an offence committed in the course of their TVL duties.

As I am only asking for the details of those criminally convicted you should have no problem in releasing their names, which will already be a matter of public record. To that end I look forward to a timely and concise disclosure, in accordance with the spirit of the Act.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Peter

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, about TV Licensing representatives and criminal
convictions which was received on 31st May 2011. We shall deal with your
request as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working
days. If you have any queries about your request please contact us at
the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20110625.

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BBC Information Policy and Compliance

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Yet again I find the BBC's response to my most FOIA request (RFI20110625) unsatisfactory.

As I and fellow commentators have noticed, the BBC frequently adopts an abstract interpretation of the legislation to avoid giving plain answers to plain FOIA questions. The legislation is not designed to protect convicted criminals, who pursued their criminality under the guise of official BBC business, from hurt feelings, nor does the BBC owe these disgraced former employees any favours.

I shall adopt a slightly different tact, with this slightly reworded request for information:

The eleven individuals the BBC acknowledges were convicted of criminal offences committed in the course of their official duties of TV Licensing (RFI20110625). Where and when did each of these individuals perform their duties with TV Licensing? Which geographical part of the country (e.g. city, town or county name) and which precise dates?

Yours sincerely,

Peter Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Peter

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, about areas and dates worked by TV licensing
individuals convicted of criminal activites which was received on 24th
June 2011. We shall deal with your request as promptly as possible and,
at the latest, within 20 working days. If you have any queries about
your request please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20110731.

Kind regards

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
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John Marsh left an annotation ()

While I'm certainly no fan of the 'deliberate misunderstanding' of FOI requests, I'm not sure you've understood the data protection implications of your request here. Being convicted of a crime constitutes sensitive personal information under the DPA. It therefore isn't a matter of 'protecting criminals' - the beeb are just not legally permitted to provide you with the names of those convicted.

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John Marsh left an annotation (29 June 2011)

Does the DPA apply here? These people were tried and convicted in public in open court. Their names will already be in the public domain.

The BBC risk accusations of being obtuse, if not obstructive, if they do not acknowledge the fact and answer the requestor.

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