Disclosure Details

Hospitality - 407/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   06/05/2012

Date of response:   18/05/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 6 May 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Have any of your force's employees declared receiving hospitality from any legal firms in the last two years? If so, what was the nature of the hospitality, which firms were involved and what is the relationship between the company concerned and the force (i.e. have they done work for the force) ?

  2. What is the policy regarding Northumbria Police employees receiving and declaring hospitality ?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. I can confirm that there has been one such case.  Information regarding this has been published previously therefore the below exemption has been applied.

    As the information you have requested at this part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    Information which answers this part of your request is freely available via the Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website.  FOI 900/11 refers.  The relevant link is supplied below.

    A Gifts and Gratuities register is also freely available on the Northumbria Police website.  I have provided the relevant link to this below.

    http://www.northumbria.police.uk/faq/answer.asp?id=10866 

  2. As the information you have requested at this part of your request is also accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    This policy is freely available via the Northumbria Police website.  In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below.

    http://www.northumbria.police.uk/about_us/policies_plans_and_strategy/policies/finance/details.asp?id=16328

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 

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