by Ibrahim - written 08/07/2008 10:09:29
If the information exists but you need to write a report to extract it then you can,t say it is not held. You need to consider how long is it going to take to write the report i.e. more than 18 hours. If it is then no need to supply it.
See the discussion in episode 11 (Home Office decision) and Episode 8 (Johnson v ICO and MoJ) of my FOI podcast about information and when it is held.
Hope this helps.
Sue Archer wrote (02/07/2008 13:20:11):
I would just like to check something that may seem obvious but just want to clarify and have had differing views from LA's. We have a request if for Council Tax information, addresses of empty commercial properties and the tax payer. We would not give the name if the tax payer is a small business, only if it was a company address but we don’t have a report that shows this information normally, just one with the account number and how many there are for stats. For this FOI request, should we ask for a business report to be written specially for this request or can we say we don’t have a report?
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