Who authorised public expenditure on Colin Port's leaving do & will he pay tax on benefits in kind?

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Who authorised public expenditure on Colin Port's leaving do & will he pay tax on benefits in kind?

It has been reported that:

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/f...

Q1. How much in total was spent on the event[s] (see report link above) to mark Colin Port's retirement?

Q2. Please give a breakdown of the total expenditure (from Q1 above) such as: Venue hire, travel, food, drink (including alcoholic beverages), entertainment, speakers, flowers, gifts, balloons & party paraphernalia, other costs (please specify)?

Q3a. Who authorised the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement?

Q3b. Did ACPO make a contribution to the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, how much?

Q3c. Were any other contributions to the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement made? If so, from whom and how much?

Q4a. Was the authority of the Police & Crime Commissioner sought for the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?

Q4b. Was the authority of the Police & Crime Panel sought for the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?

Q5a. Was the authority of the external Auditor sought for the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?

Q5b. Was the authority of the s151 Officer sought for the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?

Q6. Was there any further expenditure on internal or other (non-publicised) events to mark Colin Port's retirement.

Q7. Will HM Customs and Revenue (as the taxation authority) be given details of the above expenditure, in case Colin Port will need to pay some tax on the "benefit in kind" element of the cost to the public purse (of the event[s] to mark his own retirement)?

Yours faithfully,

Dave Orr

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

Working link here:

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/f...

Yours faithfully,

Dave Orr

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Mr D Orr
[FOI #151791 email]
        Our Reference   189/13 
        Your reference         
        Date     4th March 2013
Dear Mr Orr,

Thank you for your request for information dated 2nd March 2013, relating
to Colin Ports leaving do.  This request will be dealt with under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
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Yours sincerely,

J Lovell

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David Orr Your reference  

[FOI #151791 email] Date 28 March 2013

   

Dear Mr Orr

 

I write in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 4^th
February concerning Colin Ports retirement.

 

Q1. “How much in total was spent on the event[s] (see report link above)
to mark Colin Port's retirement?”

    

The total cost of events to mark Colin Ports retirement was £4,095.60.

 

Q2. “Please give a breakdown of the total expenditure (from Q1 above) such
as: Venue hire, travel, food, drink (including alcoholic beverages),
entertainment, speakers, flowers, gifts, balloons & party paraphernalia,
other costs (please specify)?”

    

Catering costs - £3,438.96

Beverage costs - £656.64

 

Q3. “Who authorised the expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement?”

    

The Chief Officer Group gave their authorisation to hold the event and
agreed the expenditure.

 

Q4. “Did ACPO make a contribution to the expenditure to mark Colin Port's
retirement? If so, how much?”

    

No

 

Q5. “Were any other contributions to the expenditure to mark Colin Port's
retirement made? If so, from whom and how much?”

          

No

 

Q6. “Was the authority of the Police & Crime Commissioner sought for the
expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?”

         

No

 

Q7. “Was the authority of the Police & Crime Panel sought for the
expenditure to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?”

         

No

 

Q8. “Was the authority of the external Auditor sought for the expenditure
to mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?”

          

No

 

Q9. “Was the authority of the s151 Officer sought for the expenditure to
mark Colin Port's retirement? If so, was approval given?”

         

No

 

Q10. “Was there any further expenditure on internal or other
(non-publicised) events to mark Colin Port's retirement.”

         

No

 

Q11. “Will HM Customs and Revenue (as the taxation authority) be given
details of the above expenditure, in case Colin Port will need to pay some
tax on the "benefit in kind" element of the cost to the public purse (of
the event[s] to mark his own retirement)?”

  

There is no requirement to provide details of the expenditure.

 

Yours sincerely

 

J Lovell

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing
(including email).

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

 

 

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