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In boundary changes, boundary commission on May 2, 2012 by dadge Tagged:

Received the following today in reply to my FOI request:

Mr Bailey,

FOI/030

Thank you for your request for information which has been considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Specifically, you requested ‘copies of the minutes of meetings of the Boundary Commission held in 2010 and 2011’. 

I can confirm that the Commission does hold certain records that fall within the scope of your request.

However, as detailed below, we are choosing to withhold that information as per the exemption from disclosure provided by Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public authorities with an exemption from the disclosure of information that is intended for publication at a future date, where it is reasonable in all the circumstances that that information should be withheld from disclosure until that date.  As the Commission has committed to publish the minutes of all meetings pertaining to the current review following its completion, these records constitute information intended for future publication and the Commission is therefore entitled to consider their exemption from disclosure.

Following consideration of the arguments both for and against the disclosure of these records, the Commission has concluded that in all circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information in advance of the determined publication date of the end of the review.  That is, due to the ongoing ‘live’ nature of the current Review, the public interest in the disclosure of this information at present is outweighed by the public interest in the Commission adhering to our stated publication schedule in order to ensure consistent, comprehensive, accurate and accessible information regarding our proposals for constituencies in England.

Upon the publication of the Commission meeting minutes following conclusion of the review, we would be happy to provide you with copies in a format convenient to you.  Under the legislation to which the Commission works, we must complete the review by 1 October 2013.

If you have any queries about the content of this letter, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request or wish to request an internal review, you should write to:

Deputy Secretary
Boundary Commission for England
35 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BQ

If you are not content with the outcome of your internal review, you may directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally, the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Boundary Commission for England.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Regards,

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