Information Relating to A19

Reference: 14010

Date Added: Sunday, June 15, 2014

Category: Miscellaneous

Disclosure Details

Question

 

“..a formal and legal requirement that I be supplied with all notes, reports and correspondence constructed and recorded, by electronic or any other means, by any member of the Gwent Police Authority, or any persons employed or acting on behalf of Gwent Police Authority, relating to the Chief Constable’, and then the force’s use, or seeking to use, Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 between the 4th September 2008 and this dayâ€.

 

Answer

 

Please see documents attached.

Some of the information you have requested is exempt under the following sections of the Act:

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are not required to provide information if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The documents containing the information you have requested are available at:
www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20121121033744/http://www.gwentpa.police.uk/

• Public Meetings/Minutes/Full Police Authority/2012/26th January
• Public Meetings/Full Authority Agendas/2012/17th February (Approve Budget)
• Public Meetings/Minutes/Full Police Authority/2012/17th February
• Public Meetings/Full Authority Agendas/2012/17th February (Approve Budget)
• Public Meetings/Minutes/Full Police Authority/2012/29th March
• Public Meetings/Audit & Resources Agendas/2012/19th April
• Public Meetings/Minutes/Audit & Resources Committee/2012/19th April

We are also withholding some information under Section 42(1) of the Act and this refusal notice is issued under Section 17.

Section 42(1) states that “Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege, or, in Scotland, to confidentiality of communications could be maintained in legal proceedings is exempt information”.

We have carried out a Public Interest Test as required under the Act and the result is below:

Factors favouring disclosure
A19 is an area of interest to the public as savings previously identified to be made will now need to be found from other areas of the organisation. Disclosure of this information would provide the public with information that could promote public debate in relation to the way Gwent Police spends public funds.

Factors favouring non-disclosure
To release this information would impact on the A19 cases that are currently on hold in Gwent pending the outcome of the process currently on-going in the court system.

Balance test
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent will not release information in relation to cases that are currently on-going.

Therefore, at this moment in time, it is our opinion that for some of this information the balancing test for disclosure of information for this question is not made out.