Informants - 201/10
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 25/03/2010
Date of response: 29/04/2010
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 25 March 2010 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.
Please provide the total number of registered police informants as of the 15 March 2010 in your Force area. Please also provide the number that are male and those that are female. Please also supply details of the youngest registered informant and the oldest registered informant. Please note that no personal detail is requested, purely the statistical information.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
We have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under section 17 of the Act for your request.
There is no standardised record keeping system within the UK police service for the information you have requested. This is not to say that each forces system is not effective or not in compliance with the relevant legislation. In order to retrieve the information you have requested, part or all of it, would exceed the 18 hour limit for such activities as outlined in the Secretary of State fees regulations.
Section 17(4) of the Freedom Of Information 2000 allows a public authority to issue a refusal notice without providing an explanation as to why it cannot comply if to do so would in itself disclose exempt information. Unfortunately this is applicable to this case and I am unable to provide any further explanation as to why the fees limit has been exceeded.
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 under our 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.