reply to post by Corruption Exposed
This is the response I had
Thank you for your request for information dated 24/01/2010 which for clarity I repeat below.
I would like to Request a file By Detective Chief Inspector Alan Young titled Operation Mason. I would like a hard copy please.
Your request for information has now been considered on the assumption that all material contained within the file is requested.
The cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and
retrieving the information exceeds the “appropriate level” as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
It is estimated that it would cost more than £450 to comply with your request.
Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act allows that public authorities do not have to comply with section 1(1) of the Act if the cost of
complying would exceed the “appropriate limit”. It is Thames Valley Police’s general policy to reject but cases will be assessed individually to
consider the implications.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for your request.
We have considered, in accordance with section 16 of the Act, whether we could assist you by providing an indication of what material could be
provided within the appropriate limit. However, given the volume of material, and the difficulty in ascertaining on whose behalf we hold it, we do not
believe that would be feasible in this case. We would also regard it as inappropriate given the likely application of the number of exemptions.
We have refused this request because we are not obliged to comply under section 12(1); we would say that on a preliminary consideration, we believe
that much of the material you seek is likely to be subject to the exemptions provided for by one or more of the following sections of the Act: s.21,
s.30, s.31, s.38, s.40, s.41, s.44.
Following the public enquiry Lord Hutton did allow certain information to be made available to the public, and you may find this helpful and fulfil
your requirements. To assist you in this matter I have provided the following web link.
Please contact me quoting the above reference number is you wish to discuss this matter further and may I take this opportunity to thank you for your
interest in Thames Valley Police.
Malcolm Hopgood | Freedom of Information Officer