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Complaint against the Metropolitan Police Service[Ref. FS50430180]
From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 9:49 AM
24 January 2012
Case Reference Number FS50430180
I have been allocated the above complaint to investigate. This relates to a request that you made to the Metropolitan Police Service (the “MPS”) on 28 June 2011 for a full copy of its Theseus Report.
The complaints handling process
Where possible, the Information Commissioner aims to resolve complaints informally. If we believe a public authority should take further action we will ask it to do so. Similarly, if we decide a public authority has dealt with your request properly, and we do not believe that further action is required, we will give you the opportunity to withdraw your complaint.
I will ask the MPS to revisit your freedom of information request, now that we are involved, and consider if there is anything it can do to resolve matters quickly. If there is, I will contact you again.
If not, I will ask it to explain the way it handled your request and will carefully consider its reply.
If we are not able to resolve the case informally, the Information Commissioner will explain his decision in a ‘decision notice’. Where he decides that a request has not been handled properly, he may specify the steps he considers necessary to resolve the situation in the notice. This can include requiring a public authority to release information it has previously withheld.
If we write a decision notice in this case, we will send a copy to you and the public authority. We will also put a copy on our website with your details removed. If you disagree with our decision, you have a legal right of appeal to the Information Tribunal.
The scope of my investigation
The focus of my investigation will be to determine whether or not the MPS is able to rely on the exemption at section 32(1) to withhold the Theseus Report.
It usually takes about four months to complete an investigation and I will update you on my progress. However, if you have any queries, you can email me or call me on 01625 xxxxx. Please ensure that you quote the above case reference number in any correspondence.
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Reference: FS50430180 Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Decision notice Date: 23 April 2012 Public Authority: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Address: New Scotland Yard Broadway London SW1H 0BG
Decision (including any steps)
1. The complainant has requested a copy of the Theseus Report (the “Report”), which relates to the bombings in London on 7 July 2005. The Information Commissioner finds that the Report is a court record and that it was properly withheld under the absolute exemption at section 32(1)(a). The Commissioner found that the public authority made procedural breaches in providing a late response. The Information Commissioner requires no steps to be taken.