Which Councillors actually live in Westminster as residents?

David Henshaw made this Freedom of Information request to Westminster City Council

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The request was partially successful.

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for information

I write to make a formal request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This request is directed to the Westminster City Council and to all Councillors of whichever party.

Background:

1. This request is being made to determine the ratio of elected Councillors who reside in the borough to those who reside outside of the borough boundaries.

2. It is further made to establish which Councillors within the Borough have a residents parking.

3. And finally it is to ascertain which Councillors who reside outside of the Borough have a City wide parking permit provided by the Council.

Information requested:

1. The names of the Westminster Councillors who reside in the City of Westminster, and for the purposes of the electoral register are considered resident (including anonymous electoral registrants under the terms of the Electoral Administration Act 2006)

2. In relation to question (1), of those Councillors who are resident in the Westminster Borough, please list which of those Councillors have a residents parking permit for the relevant zone of their residence.

3. Of the Councillors not on the electoral register for Westminster, please list those who reside outside of the Borough, and please also list those for whom this information is not available.

4. In relation to question (3); of those Councillors who reside outside of the borough, please list those who have a City-wide parking permit provided at no cost by the Council.

5. Finally, please confirm with a list of names if any Councillors have both a Westminster provided free permit as well as a conventional residents parking permit.

Date of initial request: Monday 15th June 2009

Trevor Langford (A Citizen of Westminster)

Westminster City Council

Confirmation of Freedom Of Information Request

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request details have now been recorded and will be passed on to the
appropriate Divisional Records Officer for action.

This Freedom Of Information Request was based on the following
information:

Name: Trevor Langford
Address: see email address
Email: [FOI #13326 email]
Telephone:
Request Details: 1. The names of the Westminster Councillors who reside in
the City of Westminster, and for the purposes of the electoral register
are considered resident (including anonymous electoral registrants under
the terms of the Electoral Administration Act 2006)
2. In relation to question (1), of those Councillors who are resident in
the Westminster Borough, please list which of those
Councillors have a residents parking permit for the relevant zone of their
residence.
3. Of the Councillors not on the electoral register for Westminster,
please list those who reside outside of the Borough, and please also
list those for whom this information is not available.
4. In relation to question (3); of those Councillors who reside outside of
the borough, please list those who have a City-wide parking permit
provided at no cost by the Council.
5. Finally, please confirm with a list of names if any Councillors have
both a Westminster provided free permit as well as a conventional
residents parking permit.

FOI Reference Number: 3934
Target Completion Date: 13/07/2009

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Baker, Stacey, Westminster City Council

Dear Mr Langford,

I write regarding your Freedom of Information request which has now been
considered. Please see responses to your questions below.

1. The names of the Westminster Councillors who reside in the City of
Westminster, and for the purposes of the electoral register are considered
resident (including anonymous electoral registrants under the terms of the
Electoral Administration Act 2006)

With the exception of Councillors Alexander Nicoll and Ian Wilder, who is
currently abroad, all 60 Councillors reside in the City of Westminster.

2. In relation to question (1), of those Councillors who are resident in
the Westminster Borough, please list which of those

Councillors have a residents parking permit for the relevant zone of their
residence.

We are not obliged to supply the information you have requested. In
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this acts as a Refusal
Notice.

The exemption applied is Section 40(2): Personal Data.

This exemption applies because this information relates to the
Councillors' private lives and there is a reasonable expectation of
privacy regarding this information and disclosure would be unfair on both
the Councillors and their family. Disclosure would therefore breach
principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (Fair and Lawful processing)
and this exemption is engaged. This is an absolute exemption and not
subject to a public interest test.

I apologise that your request will not be met but if you have any further
information needs in the future then please contact me.

You have the right of appeal against the decision. If you wish to appeal
please set out in writing your grounds of appeal and send to me at the
address below.

Should you still be dissatisfied with the outcome of any such complaint
you have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner,
pursuant to section 50 of the FOIA. The contact details are:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625-545-700
[1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

3. Of the Councillors not on the electoral register for Westminster,
please list those who reside outside of the Borough, and please also
list those for whom this information is not available.

See response to Question 1 above.

4. In relation to question (3); of those Councillors who reside outside of
the borough, please list those who have a City-wide parking permit
provided at no cost by the Council.

None

5. Finally, please confirm with a list of names if any Councillors have
both a Westminster provided free permit as well as a conventional
residents parking permit.

A list of the Councillors who hold an official parking permit is below. As
stated above, information on which Councillors hold a residents parking
permit is exempt from disclosure.

Councillors with an official parking permit:

Councillor Barrow; Councillor Richardson; Councillor Connell; Councillor
Roe; Councillor Chalkley; Councillor Moss; Councillor Astaire; Councillor
Burbridge; Councillor Lewis; Councillor Davis; Councillor Roberts;
Councillor Warner; Councillor Nemeth; Councillor Flight; Councillor
Brahams; Councillor Havery; Councillor Floru; Councillor Hampson;
Councillor Hyams; Councillor Prendergast; Councillor Marshall; Councillor
Lee Rowley; Councillor Nicola Aiken; Councillor Duncan Sandys; Councillor
Angela Harvey; Councillor Mark Page; Councillor Ian Adams; Councillor Alan
Bradley; Councillor Lindsey Hall; Councillor Blois; Councillor Keen;
Councillor Papya Qureshi, Councillor Mushtaq Qureshi, Councillor Taylor,
Councillor Toki, Councillor Mehfuz Ahmed.

Kind regards
Stacey

Stacey Baker
Committee & Scrutiny Officer
Westminster City Council
15th Floor
City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP

Tel. (020)7 641 2341
Fax. (020)7 641 2917
[2]www.westminster.gov.uk

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How wonderful the Conservative councillors have discovered the words 'redacted transparency'!