Correspondence re Youth Climate Strikes - 1037/19

Date Responded 06 September 2019

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

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

You asked:

Any written communication or correspondence relating specifically to the youth climate strikes which took place on the 15th February, 15th March, 12th April and 24th May 2019, between:

- the Northumbria Police and the Home Office

- the Northumbria Police and the Department for Education

- the Northumbria Police, the Home Office and the Department for Education

In Response:

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) 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.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

Your request is asking for copies of any communications, in any form between Northumbria Police, the Home Office and the Department for Education. To establish a definite response to your request would therefore entail all email systems, both personal and departmental to be reviewed, all records of mail, meetings, recorded voice messages etc to be scrutinised to establish what information, if any, is held that fits the criteria of this request. This exercise cannot be achieved within the permitted time constraints of the Act.

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

You should note that had Section 12 not been fully applicable other exemptions would have been considered and applied, where relevant, to withhold.

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