Most coroners not registered for Data Protection

A quick search of the ICO’s Register of Data Controllers for the word “coroner” reveals just 18 records. This does not compare favourably with the dropdown box on the Coroner Society figure of about 110. Only 32 of these are ‘whole time’ coroners the remainder being paid for each case. Now let’s consider whether coroners need to be registered as data controllers and other key questions that arise.

(1) Do coroners hold data about living individuals?
Yes. It is accepted that information about the deceased is not ‘personal data’ for the purposes of the Data Protection Act but as noted in the registration of Her Majesty’s Coroner for Greater Manchester (North District) coroners hold data about the “RELATIVES, GUARDIANS, PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH DECEASED”.

(2) Are coroners covered by the data protection registrations of local authorities?
No. In the ICO FOI Decision notice the Commissioner “determined that the tapes are held by the public authority solely on behalf of the Hertfordshire Coroner and not for its own purposes. Coroners are not designated as public authorities under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and therefore their records are not subject to the information access regime of this Act.”
It goes on to conclude “It holds the information on behalf of another person and that other person, the Hertfordshire Coroner, is not a public authority as defined in the Act”.

It seems therefore very unlikely that the ICO would take the opposite view for Data Protection purposes, so I think it is safe to say that the coroner as an independent judicial officer is also a Data Processor who is not covered by the local authority registration.

If that isn’t enough, in EA/2008/0010:

“the Tribunal concluded that the Coroner had in this case made the decision what was or was not to happen in relation to this information. This was consistent with the statutory regime under the Coroner’s Rules and indicated that ‘ownership’ of and control over this information lay both in fact and law with the Coroner. That this should be the case was consistent with the fact that the Coroner is an independent judicial office holder, whose decisions are made independently of the Council.”

Clearly, the coroner is a data processor.

(3) Are coroners exempt from registering?
No. If you read the ICO’s guidance and bear in mind that coroners are responsible for the administration of justice you will see that no exemption is available.

(4) Why doesn’t the ICO do something?
You would have to ask the ICO that question really, but the ICO’s general approach is not to pro-actively look for potential instances of non-compliance with notification requirements, far from it. In fact, the ICO often does not act when instances of non-compliance are brought to its attention.

Please see information rights and wrongs excellent piece on failure to notify by MPs in which the ICO response is recorded as “Our non notification activities are targeted at particularly high risk or under represented groups or sectors.”

(5) Why does any of this matter?
Firstly, because non-registration is a criminal offence and hardly could conduct for a judicial officer. Secondly, you can choose to buy goods and services from people you trust to process your data lawfully but when it comes to public authorities you usually don’t get a choice and this is true for coroners you might come into contact with in the most tragic of circumstances. Finally, because it again calls into question the ICO’s choice of who to target with enforcement action. I am reminded of Tim Turner’s comment:

“Chris Graham’s speeches are impressive and stirring, with an attitude that no stone will be left unturned, no organisation or sector can act with impunity, but the reality is different. Rather than issuing CMPs [civil monetary penalties] to big private sector organisations, they go after councils. Rather than prosecuting MPs for non-notification, they do estate agents. They have to concentrate scant resources, and the targets that they choose could be exemplars – big, powerful institutions and individuals whose fate would serve as a lesson for all”

Close HMRC’s FOI Loophole

I have set up a petition to close HMRC’s FOI loophole, it is currently awaiting approval. Please sign this as soon as it is approved and promote it in any way you can. It should appear here once it is approved: Ministry of Justice Petitions (‘Civ’ to ‘Con’)

Close the HMRC freedom of information loophole petition


“While almost all public bodies are required to release information about companies under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is a loophole that means HMRC does not have to do so. The loophole is contained in Sections 18 & 23 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005. This loophole means that HMRC does not have to release information about corporate tax payers even when it can be shown that the public interest is harmed by non-disclosure. In fact HMRC would not even be required to release relevant information it holds in cases where corporations have knowingly mislead the public about the amount of tax they pay,

Whilst we accept that private individuals have a right to privacy, we fail to see why this right extends to the tax affairs of major corporations.

We call on the Government to introduce legislation to close this loophole in respect of companies and other organisations as step towards a fairer and more transparent tax system.”


Save England’s oldest statute

The oldest written law currently in force in England is the Distress Act, part of the Statute of Marlborough, 1267 (sources: [1], [2][3]) – but a Law Commission document published in April 2012 reveals that after more seven hundred years on the statute book the Act came very close to being repealed.

“As indicated earlier in this Part we looked at the topics of distress and waste in the context of the Statute of Marlborough 1267 but, as explained, formed the view that it would be premature to pursue repeal of the distress chapters, pending enactment by parliament of amendments to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 following the UK government’s consultation on transforming bailiff action, and that it would be inappropriate to repeal the chapter on waste.”

Depending on the outcome of the Government’s consultation on bailiff action the Act could still get repealed. Worryingly nowhere in the Law Commission’s analysis to they really take into account the historical significance of this Act as the oldest law we have left.

The 13th century Act has the effect of stopping a person recovering damages from someone else except by order of a court which amounts to outlawing private feuds. The Act also protects tenant’s property in certain circumstances.

I am not proud of every aspect of British history but I think everyone in the UK can be proud of the positive contributions the British have made to the development of the rule of law and democracy (Magna Carta being among the most famous).We should try to save Britain’s oldest law from repeal if it all possible.

Why charging for FOI requests will generate more red tape than cash

The Government’s plans to charge for FOI requests are really rather disappointing as the Government has previously had a relatively good record on FOI and in 2010, Eric Pickles even spoke out against Local Councils charging journalists for making FOI requests: “If town halls want to reduce the amount they spend on responding to freedom of information requests they should consider making the information freely available in the first place.” My aim in this blog post though is not to explain why charging for accountability is bad in principle but to explain the practical difficulties and additional bureaucracy that will result from introducing charges. Before I go any further, it is worth noting that although there can be charges for photocopying etc fees are very rarely charged in practice. The following extract from the WhatDoTheyKnow FAQ illustrates how even the present limited charging system is more bureaucratic than it needs to be. “Authorities often include unnecessary, scary, boilerplate in acknowledgement messages saying they “may” charge a fee. Ignore such notices. They hardly ever will actually charge a fee.” How much more red tape will there be if a routine charging system is implemented.

dealing with routine enquiries
One of the strengths of the present Freedom of Information Act 2000 is that you don’t need to use any magic form of words to invoke the Act. If someone ask a public body in writing for recorded information then they have made an FOI request even if they have never heard of the Act. This means that if someone emails their Local Council to ask what the opening times are for the library or for a copy of a particular form then they have made an FOI request. Public bodies often deal with these requests under “business as usual” but having front line staff even considering whether or not to charge the public for answering routine enquiries is a very unhelpful innovation.

dealing with requests for information about the handling of complaints etc
Often requests for information about how a complaint was handled are (or at least ought to be) dealt with partly under the Data Protection Act (the personal data part) and partly under FOI (everything else). The best approach is for the public body to consider the request under both sets of rules and release as much information as possible at no charge. The maximum charge for Data Protection Act requests is in most cases £10 – it would be unhelpful for public sector staff to have to apply two separate charging systems in respect of one request. Not to mention the poor member of the public already dissatisfied with the public body in question could end up paying twice to see information his/her taxes paid to create in the first place.

dealing with requests for environmental information
The UK has signed up to the Aarhus Convention which means we have to allow to access any public registers or lists of environmental information free of charge (Article 5) and in addition public authorities must make environmental information available for inspection at no charge (Article 6). The definition of ‘environmental information’ is a wide one and covers things people might not expect such as town planning, human health and safety, noise, radiation and biodiversity (see: ICO Guidance).
The upshot of all this is that a public sector employees when dealing with a request for information might have to consider providing all or part of the information under the Environmental Information Regulations even if the person requesting it refuses to pay the new FOI charge. The Government should really be trying to cut bureaucracy by making these two access to information laws as similar as possible and as simple as possible.

refunds
If you start charging for something and you don’t provide or you only provide all of it or you provide it late or there is a problem with it expect requests for refunds. Public bodies will have to have a procedure in place for deciding when to pay refunds and procedures for paying money back which could end up costing more than the modest fee the Government might be planning to introduce. Individual requesters may be more likely to request internal reviews and raise complaints with the ICO and other regulators if they feel they have not received what they have paid for. A no refunds policy might be an option but then you have to deal with the unhappy customer who finds out later that the information he/she had requested was on your website but much harder to find than it should have been.

people will ask for more information in one request
If people are charge say £15 per request they will be tempted to get as much information as they can in one go to get value for money rather than asking for what they think they need at that point in time. This will lead to longer and more complicated requests.

conclusion
A small charge for each request may seem superficially attractive as a way of covering the cost of FOI but it will cause a number of practical difficulties when we should be trying to make accessing information from public bodies as simple as possible.

What they knew

A guest post

Here are 366 Interesting things that we know because of FOI requests made using WhatDoTheyKnow.com – one for every day of the leap year. This list focuses mainly on information released during the last six months. Our right to access information is about to come under attack from those who want to use the process of post-legislative scrutiny to weaken the Freedom of Information Act and we need to do all we can to defend it. As this shows, FOI works. Let’s keep it that way.

1) The name of every street in the country, from ‘B’ STATION ROAD to Zurich Gardens: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/street_names

2) Who the members of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) are: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/membership_2

3) A contract between Courtserve and the Ministry of Justice prevents courts from publishing their own lists online: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_provided_to_courtel

4) The Electoral Commission’s advice to councils on inspecting General Election expenses Electoral Commission’s frustrates inquiries by journalists’ by recommending that they are not allowed to take notes: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/sep/23/freedomofinform
ation-local-newspapers
 

5) In 2009/10 the NHS spent £29 million pounds on chaplains: http://www.mysociety.org/2011/06/01/research-into-nhs-spending-on-chaplaincy-carried-out-via-whatdotheyknow/

6) In 2008/09 HMRC missed its target for handling benefit claims within 9 working days: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/child_benefit_briefing_-_final.pdf

7) Exactly what the ICO said to TalkTalk when it warned them over tracking the browsing history of users who installed its anti-malware software. http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/1828826/isp-association-comments-talktalk-warning

8 ) The Government wasted millions of pounds setting up a sub-optimal cycle journey planner: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/12/cycle_route_planner/

9) In 2010 some Child Benefit Clements were being advised that it would take up to 26 weeks to process their claims due to high volumes of complaints being received: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/7375576/
Child-Trust-Funds-families-count-cost-of-child-benefit-delay.html

10) What the BBC thought the risks were of its move to Media City in Salford: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/73690/response/197861/attach/4/
RFI20110632%202011%2007%2029%20Disclosure%20Document.pdf

11) Waltham Forest Council spent £7,000 on Olympic tickets: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/9081536.WALTHAM_FOREST__Council_spends___7k_on
_Olympic_tickets/

12) The location of every Post Box in the country, with the collection times:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/royal_mail_post_box_types_colle
c_3

13) A list of all complaints that have been received by the electoral commission and the case outcomes. This showed for the first time that the Electoral Commission only took no action in 55% of cases where they had ruled that electoral law had been broken: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/details_of_allegations_received

14) The Rules of the Boat Race: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/128

15) How bus subsidy cuts are going to impact services across the country: http://bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/save-our-buses/list

16) The real state of allotment provision and waiting lists across the UK: http://www.nsalg.org.uk/uploads/article683/Copy%20of%20allotment_waiting
_lists_2011.xls

17) What aspiring London cab drivers have to learn after TFL release a copy of the knowledge: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/blue_book#incoming-219108

18) What the Chinese call senior Government officials: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/chinese_names_for_british_politi
#comment-131

19) GCHQ were concerned enough about interference from PLT home networking devices that they wrote to Ofcom about it:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/67819/response/177913/

20) Nottingham City Council raised thousands of pounds by adding google AdWords to their website: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/revenue_from_adwords_on_your
_web#incoming-182330

21) The ins and outs of the Cross Thames Cable Car plan:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tfl#incoming-180326

22) How east coast trains staff are trained before they can serve the public: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ticket_office_staff_training

23) A list of all the pseudonyms used by Number 10 staff to write to members of the public: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/71369

24) How the Electoral Commission spent thousands of pounds on Government credit cards, including on models, chocolates, football shirts and “fruity Friday”

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/expenditure_on_the_government
_pr

25) Lambeth Council spent £1072 producing a YouTube video on Swishing: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cost_of_swishing_party_video

26) Southampton Council put trips to the London Dungeon on its credit cards: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_spending_on_credit_
cards_6

27) How the ticketing settlement agreement governs how fare revenue is set and distributed between Train operating companies – even the government found that one useful: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-07-04c.61451.h#g61451.r0

28) What type of vehicles are licensed to operate as taxis in London: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/what_are_the_makes_of_cars_that#incoming-191476

29) How Leeds City council handled the consultation on Library Cuts after they released 77 pages of emails about it: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/rationalisation_of_library_servi

30) Where every parking ticket was issued in Derbyshire during the last 2.5 years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_on_parking_tickets_a

31) The number of Sussex Police officers who were disciplined for improper use of the force Internet/data in 2009/10: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/serious_data_security_breaches_31#incoming-187175

32) How the Foreign Office handles social media criticism, following the release of internal correspondence relating to former ambassador Frances Guy’s controversial blog about Sheikh Fadlallah that

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/internal_correspondence_regardin#incoming-174508

33) What letters were sent by MPs to the Equality and Human Rights Commission: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/letters_to_ehrc

34) What meeting minutes and reports can tell us about a 1999 fire at Royal Ordnance Speciality Metals, close to a depleted uranium store: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/documents_relating_to_the_fire_a

35) The hospitality register from Hillingdon Borough Council includes Wine, Lunches, event tickets and a free Ipod touch: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/hospitalitygifts_to_hillingdon_b#incoming-180242

36) How many under 18′s were admitted for Alcohol poisoning and drug abuse at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in 2011: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_children_admitted_to_a#incoming-187354

37) What an MOD report concluded on the alleged trafficking of human organs in Kosovo: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/illicit_trafficiking_of_human_or_2#incoming-188421

38) Kent County Council paid for trips to the Anomabu Beach Resort, Ghana, Canada, Sweden and Norway… plus one to Iceland to get their money back: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_spending_on_credit_cards_4#incoming-188862

 

39) What the Cabinet Office was saying about the Open Source Advisory Panel: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/open_source_advisory_panel_terms#incoming-189441 

40) TFL will spend £89.83 million this financial year funding 1,610 Metropolitan Police officer posts an what those posts are.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/total_number_of_and_annual_budge#incoming-253894 

41) What assets are held by the Crown Estate

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/82006/response/209727/attach/html/5/schedule%20of%20properties%20rights%20and%20interests.pdf.html 

42) Of 11,988 people vetted by Greater Manchester Police before the Labour Party Autumn Conference 2010, 24 were rejected: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/labour_party_autumn_conference_2#incoming-189897 

43) What undertakings were given by the Government to the IOC on security at the Olympic Games.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/olympic_security

44) How many private police forces there are in the UK.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/60469/response/154846/attach/html/3/Document.pdf.html

45) Brent Council spent money on flights with British Midland, Ryanair, EasyJet, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic and a stay at the Morgans Harbour Hotel in Jamaica:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_spending_on_credit_cards_7l

46) How much the recent military action in Libya cost as well as what munitions were used by British forces:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/munitions_used_under_unscr_1973

47) What health and safety manuals aregiven to prison officers:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/stress_management

48) Birmingham City Council spent over £50,000 in 2009 on bottled water. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bottled_water_2#comment-2518

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2009/05/18/birmingham-city-council-spent-53-000-on-bottled-water-97319-23648715/

49) How much the court Post Office costs the tax payer http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/court_post_office#comment-6489

50) The five most expensive wines currently in stock in the Government Hospitality cellar

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/26685/

51) How safe TFL thinks Blackfriars Bridge is for London cyclists

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cycle_safety_impact_assessment_b#incoming-191479

52) What the forms look like that the police will send to you if they think there is a credible threat to your life:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/threats_to_life_warning_notices_2#incoming-189739

53) How many people entered the UK on transfer agreements to work for less than minimum wage

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/73334/response/191764/attach/2/FOI%2019044.pdf

54) The Metropolitan Police made £11,450 from selling CCTV footage to media companies in 2010/11:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/income_from_media_organisations

55) What the ICO discovered when it carrie out a Data Protection Audit into NHS24:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/75219/response/192263/attach/2/NHS%2024%20Final%20Audit%20Report%20v1%200.pdf

56) Sussex Coast College were attempting charge a £75 flat fee for answering FOI requests: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/sussex_coast_college_hastings

57) Racist incidents occurred in 48% of schools in Essex 09/10 with Teachers & Governors among the perpetrators

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/racism_in_schools_2#incoming-192468

 58) How many UK properties that have an entry on the land register in respect of a liability to repair the chancel.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/chancel_repair_liability#comment-22369

 59) The Police uncovered and subsequently closed down 16 “drug factories” in Swindon during 2009.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/true_and_accurate_figures#comment-9970

 

60) Shop keepers who want to sell Oyster Cards have to pass a proficiency test and what training they are given:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/oyster_ticket_stops#incoming-182329

61) What guidance is given by HMCTS to County Court Bailiffs, Civilian Enforcement Officers and Tipstaff:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/enforcement#incoming-180253

 62) The Cost of Council Tax enforcement in Brighton, and how many are of summonsed for non payment: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/money_spend_on_legal_fees_in_200#incoming-193359

 

63) Why the Metropolitan Police choose the codenames Weeting and Elevendon for their Phone hacking investigation: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/codenames#incoming-194160 

64) The location and opening hours of every public toilet in Coventry:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/list_of_public_toilet_locations_3#incoming-194132

 65) What our ambassadors to France and China put in their Valedictory dispatches:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/valedictory_dispatches#incoming-194606

 

66) The cost of trips taken by the Department of Transport’s departmental security officer including to a South African holiday resort:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/travel_expenses_request#incoming-194664


67) How many times unauthorised PNC checks were made or other police data was wrongly disclosed by officers of Greater Manchester Police:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/serious_data_security_breaches_13#incoming-194818

68) Detailed statistics on the level of knife crime in London:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/knife_crime_in_london#incoming-195247

69) How many people have been arrested by Civil Nuclear Constabulary: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/safe_detention_and_handling_of_p#incoming-194878

70) The criteria that TfL use when reporting delays:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/84798/response/248309/attach/html/3/Declaring%20Service%20Status%20Criteria%20v1%206%2011%2011%2011.pdf.html

 

71) How much Oil is kept in reserve by the Government: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/oil_reserves_for_the_uk#incoming-195654

72) Derby City Council officials took a trip to Berlin to lobby Bombardier to save UK jobs:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/overseas_visits#incoming-195803

73) There are 5,300 non-doms in the United Kingdom;

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/non_domicile_tax

74) How Centro decide which buses stop where. They allow a maximum of 12 per hour per stop:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/allocation_of_bus_stands#incoming-195931

75) Croydon Council spent £7,186,393.82 on consultants in 2010/11:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/consultants_spend_201011

76) What was said durig some GMC fitness to practice hearings:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/transcript_request

77) Hate Crime reporting and conviction statistics from West Midlands police:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/64740/response/196327/attach/3/4654%20ans%2001.pdf

78) What the RAF thought when 7 unauthorised civilian aircraft arrived unannounced at an RAF base:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unit_inquiry_raf_benson_flying_c#incoming-196684

79) 86% of DPA cases being handled by the ICO in July 2011 were self-reported breaches of the act:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/enforcement_for_non_security_rel#incoming-196705

80) The location and incident type of all fire brigade call outs in Lichfield from 2008 – 2011:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fire_service_call_outs#incoming-196814

81) EU procurement law means that the UK Government can’t go 100% fairtrade: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/73619/response/189076/attach/6/2011%2004%2008%20Summary%20of%20all%20response%20to%20comments%204.pdf

82) A list of all primary schools with more than 400 pupils on their roll: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/primary_schools_with_more_than_4#incoming-197219 

83) London buses accept £5 Coins after The Big Red Book of guidance for all London drivers was released by TfL: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/59295/response/153007/attach/6/Big%20red%20book.pdf

84) Details of proposed changes to the level of air support available to Cambridgeshire Police: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/78280

85) Usage data for each and every stop on the Croydon Tramlink

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/london_tram_usage

86) The Child Support Agency spend £68,804 on taxi fares to transport staff to and from work

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/taxi_fares

87) How changes to the the delay-repay passenger compensation scheme were decided:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/delay_repay_scheme_adoption#incoming-198723

88) Traffic cones cost £11 each and the Highways Agency has 3,900 of them:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_traffic_cones_owned#incoming-199200

89) Chris Huhne MP was breaching the Data Protection Act: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_register_of_data_controll#incoming-201567

90) Greater Manchester Police spent £379,015 on payments to informants in the 2009/10 financial year:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cost_of_informants_during_2009_2#incoming-201890

91) What exactly is on the national register of cranes:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cranes_registered_with_hse#incoming-202156

92) How Kent police policed polling stations at the last general election:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/electoral_security_candidate_rig#incoming-202149

93) Andy Coulson was vetted by FCO services prior to working at Number 10:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/80572/response/202345/attach/3/document2011%2008%2016%20091752.pdf

94) What NHS Direct staff really though of their empoyer:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/results_of_the_staff_survey_comp#incoming-202923

95) What wine stocks are held by Liverpool University:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/wine_9

96) Information regarding the resignation of Assistant Commissioner John Yates:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/retirement_date_od_ac_yates#incoming-204431

97) The Governments  ePetition website cost £80,700 to build and will cost £32,000 a year to run

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cost_of_relaunching_e_petitions#incoming-205000

98) How much it cost the taxpayer to fund language classes taken by MPs, and who took which class: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/taxpayer_funded_language_classes#incoming-205477

99) Westminster is the most expensive London borough to police:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/total_spending_and_budget_for_ea#incoming-206067

 

100) What the operations handbook for the Cambridge guided bus way tells drivers do in an emergency:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/guidance_to_drivers_using_the_gu#incoming-206265

101) Contraband tobacco products seized by  UKBA are used as fuel at a Power Station in Slough:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/seized_tobacco_products#incoming-203961

102) TFL refunded passengers £1,062,865.26  in 12 months to September 2011 due to faulty Oyster card readers: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/in_the_12_months_how_many_oyster#incoming-206804

103) Which postcodes qualify for industrial development assistance from the Government:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_assisted_areas_order_2007_no#incoming-207015

104) Oil pollution emergency plans for various drill sites:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/oil_pollution_emergency_plans#incoming-207004

105) The basic wage of a government driver is £29,532.30: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/80541/response/200182/attach/html/2/FOI0000121%20RESPONSE.pdf.html

106) The Welsh Assembley Government spent £3387 in 4 months flying members between North and South Wales:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/82102/response/207276/attach/html/3/FOI%20348%20Final%20response.docx.html

107) The second most common reason for delays to patient transfers at Wirral PCT was “public funding”.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bed_blocking_wirral_borough_coun#incoming-207384 

108) How reliable the TfL cycle hire scheme is: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/faulty_barclays_bikes

109) How many TASER complaints were received by the IPCC

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/taser#incoming-207404

110) How many Hampshire Police Officers disobeyed orders

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/figures_for_police_officers_diso#incoming-207795

111) Google wrote to the DCMS to express concern about the way the Government has implemented EU cookie law, warning that UK risks throwing away its competitive advantage if the Government doesn’t reconsider changes.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/details_of_ed_vaizeys_meeting_wi#incoming-194205

112) Bandwidth diagnostic data for BBC I-player, broken down by ISP:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/45377/response/208594/attach/4/RFI20110983%20disclosure%20document.pdf

113) University of Leeds fears a reduction in Postgraduate numbers from 2015 due to increased debt caused by higher fees:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/rises_in_fees#incoming-208903


114) Over 3 years, there were 1194 collisions involving Metropolitan Police Vehicles where injuries occurred, and 3 which resulted in fatalities:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/injuries_to_members_of_the_publi#incoming-208875

115) Which projects received funding as part of the Arab partnership program:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/arab_partnership_fund#incoming-208972

116) The post-riots sentencing Guidelines from the MOJ:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sentencing_guidence_and_press_co#incoming-209425

117)  BBC have a contract with Berghaus for exclusive production of its protective clothing worn onscreen: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/berghaus_logo_jacket_worn_by_pre#incoming-209747

118) What happened when the 999 system failed in North Wales:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/83108/response/211045/attach/html/5/2011%20432%20Published%20Response.pdf.html

119) Who the 215 Peers are who had their expenses claims queried in 08/09

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/212_peers#incoming-211867

120) Northamptonshire County council have an office in Brussels:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/office_in_brussels#incoming-211857

121) What the Royal Navy wrote about the sinking of a British aircraft carrier during WWII:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/hms_dasher_incident_1943#incoming-212311

122) Internal guidance on back to work/In work credits from the DWP http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/decision_makers_guide_for_back_t#incoming-213350

123) A tax break for the royals and the Queens plan to let Prince William start to take over her engagements:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/10997/response/28668/attach/2/9-384%20reply.pdf

124) The Metropolitan Police Diversity guide:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/diversity_guide#incoming-139189

125) Details of 24 Hour Off licenses in London:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/oliver_jackson 

126) Equal opportunities monitoring data on all social workers by post town:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/equal_opportunities_monitoring_r#incoming-214484

127) Treasury Solicitor’s Department guidance on handling vexatious litigants

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/vexatious_litigants_2#incoming-214687

128) 5 years worth of clinical/nonclinical incidents, complaints and litigation threats for 1 NHS trust:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/accidentscomplaints_at_hospitals

129) Islington has byelaws in place regulating how loud a Gramophone can be played in a shop/public place.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_bye_laws#incoming-214860

130) Data on prescription levels for certain drugs

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/change_in_respiratory_drug_presc

131) What is in the GLA’s Members’ Handbook: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/london_assembly_handbook#incoming-214808

132) Communications between DFID and the office of the Quartet representative.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/oqr#incoming-215398

133) Details about 154 tribunal cases involving Ikea

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/employment_tribunals_involving_i#incoming-215471

134) What type of FOI requests are treated as high risk by the metropolitan police: including all requests from pesky journalists:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/high_profile_list_2#incoming-215745

135) What is in the ACPO public order training manual:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_order_manual_of_tactical#incoming-215902

136) Correspondence  between the FCO and the Governor of St Helena:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/saint_helena_ascension_and_trist#incoming-215965

137) A copy of the DLR working timetable:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dlr_working_timetable#incoming-216321

138) The number of pupils permanently excluded from schools in East Sussex has more than doubled in 5 years

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/school_exclusions_3#incoming-216865

139) How much is spent on chartering flights to deport people from the UK

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/85734/response/217058/attach/html/4/19957%20Peppe%20Kalle.pdf.html

140) Merseyside Police broke their spy drone during training but didn’t replace it because of the cuts:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uav#incoming-217039

141) What training notes are given to ticket inspectors

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/penalty_fares_issued_by_tfl#incoming-217206

142) The BBC paid £10,131,423 in car allowances to its staff over the last 3 financial years

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/senior_managers_car_allowances#incoming-217259

143) At 31 August 2011, £608,910,827 of court fines were still outstanding:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unpaid_fines_bailiff_companies#incoming-217629

144) User statistics for the new(ish) Police National Database:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/police_national_database_usage_s#incoming-217593

145) IPS received 81 complaints in 2010/11 about passports & supporting docs being sent to the wrong address

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/complaints_about_mis_delivered_p#incoming-217750

146) Retained papers on the Kennedy Assassination were released to the national archives followig this request.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/president_kennedy_assasination#incoming-217748

147) Serving Hampshire Police officers have convictions for ABH, Battery, fraud, Theft, poss. of an offensive weapon & more:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/85849/response/217738/attach/3/HC%2002495%2011%20Julie%20Cordier.pdf

148) The coordinates and a map of exactly where the army fired depleted uranium ammunition around Basra during the Iraq war

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/depleted_uranium_hazard_awarenes#incoming-217858 

149) Which ICO FOI decision notices that were appeaed to the information tribunal

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/85573/response/216189/attach/5/FTT%20Closed%20Appeals.doc

150) 88,094 settlement applications were refused by UKBA over the past 11 years: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/settlement_refusals#incoming-218443

151) 653 Service personnel have been issued with epinephrine auto-injectors in case of anaphylactic shock

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/serving_hm_forces_personnel_issu#incoming-218459

152) The Charity Commission receives a lot of dubious complaints about the RSPCA

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/complaints_against_rspca_219099#incoming-218558

153) What guidance was issued by the National Police Improvement Agency on the processing of digital images for evidential purposes

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/practice_advice_on_police_use_of#incoming-218559

154) Statistics about Community Sentences broken down by force area:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/community_work#incoming-210854

155) How many lawyers are employed by each government department

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/lawyers_in_each_department

156) How many deaths have occured at York hospital since 2001, broken down by cause of death

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/deaths_at_york_hospital_3#incoming-219211

157) What the Ofcom report “Site Blocking” to reduce online copyright infringement has to say:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uncensored_version_of_site_block#incoming-219572

158) How many individuals are still entitled to drive despite having 12+ pts on their license, broken down by county & post town:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_drivers_with_entitleme#incoming-218304

159) 713 attempts to deport people from the UK in 2011 were unsuccessful due to ‘disruptive behavior’:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/disruptive_removals#incoming-220065

160) What caused delays to Chemotherapy treatment at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/delays_during_chemotherapy_treat#incoming-220074

161) Of 7916 immigration appeals lodged with UKBA in June/August 2011, only 3% were successful: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_allowed_appeals#incoming-220070

162) How NHS trust train mental health staff on how to deal with aggressive patients:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/physical_intervention_training_t_2#incoming-220134

163) What a sample control order looks like and details of some of the individuals subject to control orders:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/prevention_of_terrorism#incoming-220443

164) 13% of primary school teachers in Essex are male and 38 schools have no male teachers at all: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_male_teachers_in_prima#incoming-220594 

165) If required Orange will provide emergency services details 999 calling phone/owner in 30 mins. Other operators take days:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/999_system_performance_and_failu

166) Details of every Parking ticket issued in Lambeth since 2009:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/penalty_charge_notice_data_2#incoming-220996

167) A list of 46 MPs who were breaking the Data Protection Act in 2011

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/85081/response/221010/attach/html/3/Expired%20notifications.pdf.html

168) The average call waiting times for the Student Awards Agency for Scotland:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/call_mi_from_11_present#incoming-221398

169) What UKBA had to say about the Zambrano judgement:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/88417/response/220326/attach/2/FOI%2020234%20zambrano%20v0%201.pdf

170) A report from Lothian and borders showed that the “oil spill” that Climate camp were blamed for wasn’t even oil

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/climate_camp_oil_spill_laborator#incoming-221475

171) How many children taken into care by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/babies_into_care#incoming-221699

172) Drink and drug driving arrest figures from Sussex Police

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/90265/response/220173/attach/4/FOI%20698.11%20Driving%20Under%20the%20Influence.pdf

173) How many people people recalled to prison in Norfolk and Suffolk over the past 3 years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/recall_statistics_for_each_hoste#incoming-222066

174) The names of all UK employers who conduct CRB checks on their staff: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/employers_from_which_application

175) Bristol University spent £5000 on a Gorilla:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gorilla#incoming-222611

176) A MHRA inspection report identified deficiencies at Guys St Thomas NHS Trust Pharmacy manufacturing Unit

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gmp_inspection#incoming-222802

177) The removal of the M4 bus lane decreased peak journey times between J1 and J4 by more than 10 seconds:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/88035/response/223002/attach/html/3/P0008203.pdf.html

178) The final report arising from the CReSt research study commissioned by QCDA evaluating the 11-19 reform programme

 http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/crest_final_project_report_2#incoming-223004

179) The terms of the DCMS funding agreement with the Football Foundation:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dcms_football_foundation_funding#incoming-223440

180) The Department of Health has contracts with Capita totaling £92,203,515:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/contracts_awarded_to_capita#incoming-223973

181) Nottinghamshire Police drink drive statistics for 2008-2011

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/drink_driving_8#incoming-223990

182) The BBC shows have got 254 iPads and 1151 iPhones

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/88388/response/224130/attach/3/RFI20111218%20Final%20Response.pdf

183) By November 2011, 14 people had been prosecuted for non-completion of a census return

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/how_many_individuals_have_been_p#incoming-224413

184) In September 2011 PSNI seized £510,000 in cash from a visitor to Maghaberry Prison

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/seized_currency_from_visitors_at#incoming-224583

185) Police Handcuffs cost £16.95 and kitting out a Male PC costs £8.76 more than kitting out a female PC:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/equiqmentuniform_cost#incoming-224840

186) The terms of reference of Operation Weeting:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/terms_of_reference_operation_wee#incoming-224726

187) Less than a third of those accredited to attend the Lib Dem autumn conference were grass roots party members:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/liberal_democrat_party_autumn_co#incoming-224706

188) How much it cost Plymouth Council to host the America’s Cup

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/87378/response/225058/attach/4/AC%20Costs%20Breakdown%2007%2011%2011.pdf

189) Between January 2009 & 30 September 2011 Prison Officers at HMP Preston seized 11 Cannabis plants:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/90072/response/225078/attach/html/3/72958%20Murphy.doc.html

190) The ICO risk register says there is a high risk of FOI casework suffering due to budget cuts

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ico_risk_register#incoming-225157

191) The location of CCTV Cameras in Coventry:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/police_camera_action#incoming-225254

192) What animals are being kept in Zoos in Pembrokeshire:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/animals_at_zoos_in_pembrokeshire#incoming-225320

193) The location of defective & non-standard construction properties in Leeds:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/locations_of_defective_non_stand#incoming-225539

194) Ten primary schools in West Sussex do not employ any male teachers:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_qualified_male_primary#incoming-225569

195) The amount spent by Staffordshire Police on defending employment tribunal claims

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/legal_costs_13#incoming-225566

196) Since the start of the scheme there have been 81 accidents involving Barclay’s Cycle Hire customers (Nov 2011)

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/accidents_to_cyclis_using_boris#incoming-225641

197) The number of redundancy notices  issued in Nov 2011 to RAF service personnel:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/redundancy_in_royal_air_force#incoming-225622

198) Between 2007 and 2010 Sussex Police arrested 46 people under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/arrest_and_cautions_for_animal_w#incoming-225864

199) Unemployment statistics for Leicester, broken down by ward

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unemployment_in_new_parks#incoming-225816

200) What conditions the Bank of England imposed on a toy company who wanted to print money:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/casdon_toys_plc#incoming-226474

201) The results of the latest well being survey of headteachers on the Isle of Wight:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/head_teachers_well_being_survey#incoming-227619

202) The IPCC received 24 complaints about policing during the recent riots:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/complaints_against_police_around#incoming-227650

203) Copies of charity Commission inquiry reports published prior to 2005:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/list_of_regulatory_case_reports#incoming-227600

204) Scottish Prison Service information on prison officers’ second jobs:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/secondary_interests#incoming-227862

205) Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal  statistics about domestic violence related prosecutions in Scotland:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/domestic_abuse_statistics_4#incoming-228000

206) Since 2008 Surrey police have spent £651,116 on obtaining copies of mobile phone records

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/data_forensics_2#incoming-228102

207) The Gambling Commission have released the record of the hearing where Health lottery was granted an operating licence:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/creation_of_national_lottery_the#incoming-228239

208) How many student at Southampton Solent University were caught cheating during the last 5 years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/students_caught_cheating_3#incoming-228186

209) Last year West Lothian Council spent £500,000 on snow clearing/gritting at local schools, over 8x the normal spend:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/schools_rock_salt#incoming-228699

210) Data on inpatient an outpatient suicides at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/suicide_statistics_7#incoming-228662

211) IPCC releases details of dispensations requested/granted to police forces allowing them not to investigate complaints:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dispensations_given#incoming-228744

212) Newcastle University have collected £170,375 in library fines over the last two years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/library_fines_20#incoming-229285

213) From 1 October 2009 to 30 Sep 2011, 10 civilian MOD employees received prison sentences, of which 6 were fired:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/numbers_of_civilian_employees_th#incoming-229394

214) Details of attacks on firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway during 2011

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_fire_fighters_attacked#incoming-229627

215) The minutes/agendas of meetings of the Independent advisory group on sexual health and HIV:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/agenda_and_minutes_of_meetings_o#incoming-229712

216) South Wales Police release info on the number of people stopped for driving without a valid license

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/figures_for_unlicensed_drivers_2_4#incoming-229812

217) Details of the number of homes demolished by Leeds City Council as well as the costs of acquisition/demolition:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/housing_demolition_by_leeds_city#incoming-229799

218) Horley Town Council plans to introduce its own currency

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/strategy_forward_planning_sub_co

219) Average crown court waiting times by case type, gender and ethnicity from the MOJ

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/trials#incoming-229891

220) Longfield Acadamy spends circa £20K a year on marketing and PR

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/marketingpr_activities_16#incoming-230193

221) 25 people were refused accreditation to attend the 2011 labour party conference following police checks:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/labour_party_autumn_conference_2_2#incoming-229988

222) 23,019 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Camden and on average they’ll wait 4 years to be housed

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/social_housing_statistics#incoming-230339

223) Nottingham City Council appear to have spent £740 on changing the tram signs to include the word “only”:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tram_sign_changes#incoming-230370

224) Since March 2011 7550 drivers have been issued with PCNs after being caught just one bus lane camera in Hounslow:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/bus_lane_penalty_charge_notices_2#incoming-231134 

225) During the last 3 years, Southend Borough Council has spent £1,728,020.94 on maintaining its CCTV system:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_request_for_cost_and_number_3#incoming-231174

226) Details of the proposed changes to the award criteria for medals granted to cadet force volunteers

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cadet_forces_medal_and_volunteer#incoming-231214

227) South Wales Fire Service have attended 71 cat/kitten rescue incidents in 2011

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cats_saved#incoming-231280

228) Between Jan and Sep 2011 Westminster City Council received 401 complaints about its civil enforcement officers:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/complaints_against_civil_enforce_3#incoming-231569

229) Between March and October 2011 there were 80 stabbings in Camden and 240 other crimes involving knives:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/knife_related_crime_in_borough_o#incoming-231525

230) East London NHS Trust : there have been 190 suspected suicides amongst patients during in the last 10 years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/suicide_statistics_3#incoming-231758

231) The terms of Reference and some other details about operations Elvenden and Tuleta

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/terms_of_reference_operation_tul#incoming-231755

232) The location of active road studs that have the potential to cause problems for epileptics:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/strobed_road_studs_cats_eyes#incoming-231967

233) The Civil Service Code:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/civil_service_code#incoming-232201

234) London Councils estimates that the switch to the 5 year freedom pass will save £1.3 Million

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/freedom_pass_savings#incoming-232172

235) Firefighters from Central Scotland Fire & Rescue Service were shot at when reponding to a call out:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/times_of_year_where_fire_fighter#incoming-232069

236) Companies House were involved in a dispute between the college of social work and the college of social workers:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/college_of_social_work_07152880#incoming-232202

237) In 2011, Bradford City spent £750 on elves

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/christmas_lights_costs#incoming-232548

238) Met Police no longer know why people were “contained” in Trafalgar square on 26 March this year:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/containment_management_march_26t#incoming-232612

239) Greater Manchester Police release details of the numbers of officers disciplined for racist or homophobic misconduct:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/staff_misconduct_14#incoming-233299

240) The House of Commons have released the style guidelines for preparing Select Committee reports:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/design_guidance#incoming-233552

241) How many company directors have been prosecuted under the Health and Safety at work act during the last decade:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/statistics_about_prosecution_of#incoming-233791

242) The locations of 244 council controlled CCTV cameras in Leeds:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/leeds_cctv_locations#incoming-233714

243) Liverpool City Council have spent £942K on Christmas lights during the past 5 years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/christmas_decorations_6#incoming-233689

244) What the HSE had to say to BP about the safety of its offshore drilling platforms:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/correspondence_with_bp_last_2_ye#incoming-234016 

245) How many times pedestrians have been hit by buses in Camden since 2009:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_public_buses_involved

246) What injuries were sustained by London’s firefighters since 01/01/2008:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/firefighter_injuries#incoming-234930

247) Serco’s Boris Bike “critical improvement plan” revealed catalogue of problems:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/barclays_cycle_hire_critical_imp

248) How many GLA meetings were made inquorate in 2011 by assembly members walking out

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/assembly_members_walking_out#incoming-236039

249) The radiation levels on Christmas Island following UK nuclear tests:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/radiation_levels_3#incoming-236391

250) What responses were received by TFL in response to the recent Private Hire consultation

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/private_hire_consultation#incoming-236522

251) The UKTI techcity website cost £53,000 to build

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/total_cost_of_the_tech_city_uk_w

252) ICO release correspondence from Barnet Council about their DPA complaint against blogger @_MrMustard:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/barnet_and_blogging#incoming-237295

253) Copies of certificates of authorisation for 57 constituencies at the 2010 general election:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/nomination_certificates#incoming-237466

254) Details of all thefts on the railway during 2011. From cheese & beer to cable & a ticket machine:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/thefts_at_railway_sites#incoming-237794

255) Copies of documentation relating to the disclaimer of peerages

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/disclaimer_of_peerage#incoming-237777

256) Since April 2009, 40,102 books have disappeared from Kent libraries

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/party_constitutions#incoming-241719

257) On the day that HS2 gets the go-ahead the DfT have revealed that the public consultation has cost £3.6 Million so far

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/95213/response/242369/attach/2/F0008385.pdf

258) The University of Manchester is spending over £1/4m on iPads for Medical students:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cost_of_ipads_for_medical_dentis

259) The make and model of all mobile phones owed by Bolton Council, and what they spent on calls:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mobile_phones_8#incoming-238066

260) What methodology was used by the treasury to estimate the cost of the recent Public Sector strikes

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/breakdown_of_500_million_estimat#incoming-238434

261) The location of every litter bin in Kensington and Chelsea. There are now a 1/3 less bins than in 2005:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_bins_removed#incoming-238541

262) Over 300 serving Met officers have criminal convictions. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/94809

263) What the official secrets act form signed by new MOD employees looks like:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/official_secrets_act_form#incoming-239918

264) What items were stolen from churches in Strathclyde over the last 12 months:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/thefts_at_churches_41#incoming-239894

265) A copy of the Conservative Party constitution, usual price £10

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/party_constitutions#incoming-241719

266) Highland Council’s explaination as to how & why they treat FOI requests made by journalists differently to those made by the public:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/handling_foi_requests_from_the_m#incoming-242821

267) During the past 5 years over half of all fires in North Wales were smoking related

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fires_caused_by_smoking#incoming-242951

268) How many former MOD employees have gone on to work for BAE systems :

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/former_uk_government_workers_now#incoming-243053

269) Royal Mail ignore “no leaflets” signs on letter boxes; but have official opt-out system:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/98568/response/241872/attach/html/3/Edge%20090112.pdf.html

270) What blue plaques have been placed on buildings in Manchester

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7174

271) There have been 16 data protection breaches at the Student Loans Company over the last five years:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/data_breaches_at_the_slc#incoming-244051

272) A Council accepted gift of chocolate, wine & flowers from planning applicant, but refuses to identify the donor:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/extract_of_hospitality_and_gifts#incoming-239417

273) 0.47% of post sent via Royal Mail has had the incorrect postage put on in

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/93690/response/244387/attach/2/Robotham%20Jan%2017%202012.pdf

274) The highest paid employee of Brighton & Hove City Council earns £170,000 while the lowest paid earns £9,800:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/top_and_bottom_20_full_time_sala_2

275) Even the ICO suffered from security breaches and data losses:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/data_breach_log#incoming-243738

276) What byelaws are currently in force in Bradford:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/byelaws_3

277) Slides and speakers notes for ICO presentations made since October 2009

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/presentations_made_by_ico_staff#incoming-244706

278) Met. police received & used 1 photo taken by the public to help identify rioters. 5111 photos were released in total

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/origin_of_the_images_used_to_ide#incoming-244738

279) Since 2007, 19 officers have worked for @cambscops whilst having criminal convictions, including for ABH, theft & arson

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_serving_officers_with#incoming-245025

280) The number of engineers & the maintenance cost involved in keeping the Red Arrows in the air

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/royal_air_force_aerobatic_team#incoming-245914

281)How ICO has attempted to comply with the cookie rules that they are tasked with enforcing:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cookies_on_the_icos_site#incoming-246210

282) Just 5 people wrote to West Yorks. PTE to complain about fare rises:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ticket_price_rises_in_2012#incoming-246369

283) The ticketing information guides provided to TFL Ticket Inspectors:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/rci_ticket_guide#incoming-246731

284) Heavily redacted FCO documents about Vojislav Seselj who is currently on trial at the Hague:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/vojislav_seselj_trial_at_icty#incoming-246882

285) How the ICO review their polices following information tribunal cases

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_tribunal#incoming-248336

286) ACPO guidance on the the management of evidential material:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/92853/response/252976/attach/4/8311%20Att%20ACPO%20GUIDANCE%20MANAGEMENT%20OF%20EVIDENTIAL%20MATERIAL.pdf

287) 225,000 emails have been sent to the PM via the number 10 website since the PM took office:  

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/99912/response/252543/attach/html/3/Mr%20McAlpine%20FOIR%20reply.pdf.html

288) 229 people were convicted of offences connected to sham marriages during 2011: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/criminal_convictions_in_connecti#incoming-252551

289) Details of flaring by Shell/Exxon at the Mossmoran Chemical plant

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mossmorran_flaring_incident_11th#incoming-252302

290) The template letters used by Passenger Focus to respond to the public

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/template_letters_sentences_parag_2#incoming-252082 

291) Details of Westminster City Council’s deal with O2 to provide WiFi across the borough

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/landmark_deal_creates_europes_la#incoming-251678

292) A report from Ernst and Young identifying how Bedford Hospital NHS trust hope to save £9.94 million

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ernst_and_young_recommendations#incoming-251716

293) Issues with Newham Council’s CCTV system left them unable monitor Newham’s rds “Not only are we losing out a huge amount of income but more importantly we are not able to monitor the newham roads

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/request_for_emails_between_vca_a_4#incoming-250755

294) The miistry of Justice spends thousands of pounds a year on a Parliamentary directories

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/purchase_of_political_directorie_8#incoming-235172

295) Which ICO staff are ISEB qualified

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/qualifications_of_senior_officer#incoming-250388

296) 799 couples who got married in Vegas filed for divorce in 2010:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/98940/response/250318/attach/html/2/FOI%2074224%20M%20Keenan%20FINAL.doc.html

297) What the Electoral Commission said in letters sent to eBay about General Election votes being up for sale online:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ebay#incoming-250272

298) Shifnal town council in Shropshire spent £954 on fixing the Mayoral Chain

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/expenditure_over_500_4#incoming-250134

299) Which MPs have been disqualified from 1900 onwards:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/disqualified_mps#incoming-249805

300) The redevelopment agreement signed with Langtree Artisan for the Bradford Odeon site:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/langtree_artisan#incoming-249674

301) A list of all ac.uk domain names:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/list_of_acuk_domain_names#incoming-197868

302) Over the past decade, Kent police have issued 7723 fixed penalty notices for having illegal number plates: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/103010/response/253318/attach/html/3/12%2001%2067%20Response%20Letter.pdf.html

303) The Department of Transport spent £108,975 on developing their current website & spend circa £6500/month on hosting it:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/104681/response/253351/attach/html/2/120210%20L%20FOI%20F0008600%20website%20redevelopment.pdf.html

304) What the Tate was saying internally about BP’s sponsorship:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/representations_by_tate_members#incoming-253395

305) The location and contact details for every Surestart centre in the country:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/list_of_surestart_and_childrens#incoming-253393

306) How much the House of Lords spends on Vellum per anum:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/contract_for_producing_vellum_co#incoming-7780

307) The software code for air transport models

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/software_code_for_air_transport#incoming-143466

308) Handbook on facilities and services for Members of the house of commons

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/handbook_on_facilities_and_servi#incoming-97830

309) The text of letters sent to those who received honours:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/birthday_honours_letters#incoming-99723

310) Certificates confirming that London synagogues can conduct marriage ceremonies

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/written_certificates#incoming-120816

311) What the seal on UK diplomatic bags looks like

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/diplomatic_bags#incoming-121220

321) Copies of Royal Warrants granting courtesy titles to supreme court justices

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/courtesy_titles_3#comment-19246

313) Copies of extradition certficates

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/extradition_2#incoming-228875

314) Copies of minutes of the Electoral Commission’s executive team

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/minutes_of_all_executive_team_me#incoming-70479

315) Eight years worth of authorisations made under s44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/section_44_terrorism_act_authori#comment-11912

316) Information on grant partnership grants awarded by the Electoral Commission:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/electoral_commission_partnership#comment-13955

317) A copy of the accounts for the short lived office of the E-envoy

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/office_of_the_e_envoy_accounts#comment-4806

318) Permitted discharge notices from the Department of Energy and Climate Change

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/permitted_discharge_reports#incoming-102185

319) The amount spent on by the Science and Technology Facilities Council on rehiring staff that were previously made redundant:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cost_of_rehiring_redundant_staff#outgoing-64696

320) A copy of the certificate that designated Tzipi Livini’s visit to the UK a special mission and prevented her arrest.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tzipi_livni_special_mission#incoming-226300321

321) A copy of the Speakers Brief, that aids the lords speaker in dealing with the issues of the day

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/speakers_training#incoming-186953

322) Correspondence between WhatDoTheyKnow and the department of education.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/whatdotheyknow_3#incoming-167769

323) A Copy of the permission note given to “The Bill” to dress its actors in real metropolitan police uniforms

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_bill#incoming-139826

324)  Details of SOCPA authorised demonstrations in the vicinity of Parliament

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/parliament_protest_actions#incoming-97325

325) Treasury Guidance on Civil Service Grading

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/guidance_on_civil_service_grades_2#incoming-134399

326) Who is eligible to use the Royal suite at Heathrow Airport:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/airport_vip_lounges_3#incoming-129793

327) Details of those provided with financial assistance to repatriate themselves when they are in danger of being forced into marriage:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/forced_marriage_unit_financial_l#incoming-127630

328) The Guidelines used to ensure that Cabinet Meetings are Properly minuted:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cabinet_minutes#incoming-134358

329) A copy of the letter sent by the EDL to request that councils call Christmas Christmas

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/english_defence_league_3#incoming-135848

330) A copy of a prison service email warning offenders of the dangers of stating where they live or talking about gang affilliations whilst in prison.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/email_to_governors#incoming-209694

331) Details of what support was made available to British Nationals who were evacuated from Libya

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/libyan_evacuation#outgoing-119807

332) how the “Diamond Jubilee Unit” was created

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/diamond_jubilee_unit#incoming-126442

333) 32 Copies of inHouse Magazine – produced by the House of Lords

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/inhouse#incoming-123909

334) Copy of permissions granted by the Commons Authorities that allowed Democracy Live to be launched

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/democracy_live_and_parliament#incoming-121057

335) Data on the number of doubtful ballots cast at various elections

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/doubtful_ballots_containing_numb#incoming-183040

336) What Google and the ICO had to say about Google streetview:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/google_streetview#incoming-100549

337) What complaints made against Sheffield Taxi Drivers

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/complaints_and_action_against_ha#incoming-71654

338) The costs of refurbishing the British Embassy in Washington

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/british_embassy_in_washington#incoming-230207

339) Statistics from the Foreign office about people who go missing while abroad

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/missing_person_statistics_for_uk#incoming-126331

340) Arrest statistics from Brits. on Holiday in Teneriffe

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/55166/response/141457/attach/html/3/110117%20reply%20to%20Rose%20Jones.pdf.html

341) In the 2009-10 Financial year the FCO spent £24.8 Million on School fees

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/49393/response/126206/attach/html/3/FOI%200915%2010%20John%20Smith.doc.pdf.html

342) The amount of money seized by each UK Police force from criminals: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/proceeds_of_crime#incoming-244831

343) Details of meetings between the Home Office and Phorm

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dates_of_meetings_between_home_o#comment-15114

344) Correspondence on the classification of the Olympic Starting pistol as an offensive weapon

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/olympic_bbm_9mm_starting_pistol#incoming-100912

345) Highways Agency correspondence on the reduction of motorway litter

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cleaning_of_motorway_verges#incoming-173187

346) TfL Statistics on the number of pedestrian killed by collisions with buses since 2006

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fatalities_in_pedestrian_crossin#incoming-253555

347) Details of the University of Oxford’s letter to the government epressing no confidence in the Education minister

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/no_confidence_communication_to_g#incoming-195703

348) A Study on Iraq Invasion by Lt Gen Chris Brown commissioned by the Ministry of Defence

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/study_on_iraq_invasion_by_lt_gen#comment-17300

349) Correspondence between Dick Fedorcio and Guto Hari on the arrest of Damian Green

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4508/response/23327/attach/html/3/int%20rev%20disc%20doc.pdf.pdf.html

350) A long running public bill committee cost £10,741.12

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/total_of_cost_incurred_due_to_la#incoming-24680

351) Information about the dedication of a memorial wall in Basra

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/basra_memorial_wall_letter_of_di#outgoing-148557

352) An index to the parliamentary internet:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/intranet_contents#incoming-88553

353) A copy of the letter sent to the Audit Commission on Fortnightly bin collections

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/audit_commission_letter_regardin#incoming-100635

354) TV Licensing contacts held by Capita released by the BBC

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tv_licensing_contracts_with_capi#incoming-171072

355) Internal audit reports from the Olympic Development Agency

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/internal_audit_reports#incoming-52713

356) Details of valid appeals under the Civil Service Code

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/civil_service_code_investigation#incoming-40176

357) Police logs on the protests on the Olympic Torch route before the Beijing Olympics

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/logs_from_olympic_torch_on_6408#incoming-3016

358) DWP guidance  and information about their Customer Compliance Department

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/customer_compliance_department

359) What fines have been issued to students at Reading University for bad behaviour in halls:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/revenue_from_student_fines_in_ha#incoming-253751

360) Cardiff Council spent £2,158,696 on Microsoft Office licenses

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/microsoft_office

361) Details of all the gifts and hospitality recieved by Ofcom

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/registers_of_gifts_hospitality#incoming-44534

363) The DfT spends far more on PR and marketing than it spends on  FOI:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/costs_of_foi_pr_and_press_office#incoming-47045

364) The number of times that the Royal Mail has threatened Legal Action for use of Postcode Data:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/amount_of_legal_action_taken_in#comment-6849

365) The business case for opening up various government datasets

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/evidence_relating_to_the_economi_4#incoming-253849

366) What merchandise is for sale in the Downing Street Gift Shop:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/downing_street_gift_shop#incoming-10753

 (header edited 19 Dec 2013)

 

Royal Households and Data Protection Registration

The Prince of Wales website lists the following Royal Households, I have cross-referenced this list of the public register of Data Controllers held by the ICO:

(believe it or not there is an order of precedence for the Households, they are listed here in that order)

Bills and Measures where Prince’s consent was obtained

The Guardian reported that Prince Charles has been offered a veto over 12 government bills since 2005.

By searching TheyWorkForYou (user friendly version of Hansard) I decided to start a list of all bills and measures for which consent was received (search results).

Consent from Prince Charles (in capacity as Duke of Cornwall etc)

  • Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc (Scotland) Bill -15 December 1999 (Scottish Parliament) (source)
  • Charities Bill – 8 November 2005
  • Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill – 14 January 2010
  • Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill – 19 November 2001
  • Commons Bill – 18 January 2006
  • Communications Bill – 8 July 2003
  • Company Law Reform Bill – 23 May 2006
  • Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill (14 July 2004)
  • Coroners and Justice Bill – 5 November 2009
  • Countryside and Rights of Way Bill – 23 November 2000
  • Crown Benefices (Parish Representatives) Measure – 13 January 2010
  • Energy Bill – 15 March 2011
  • Finance Bill 2004 – 20 July 2004
  • Gambling Bill – 6 April 2005
  • Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – 18 November 2003)
  • Housing and Regeneration Bill – 17 July 2008
  • Hunting Bill – 15 November 2004
  • Land Registration Bill – 8 November 2001
  • Licensing Bill – 19 June 2003
  • Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill 29 April 2009
  • Localism Bill – 31 October 2011
  • London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Bill – 14 March 2006
  • Marine and Coastal Access Bill – 8 June 2009
  • Marine Navigation Aids Bill – 21 January 2011
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – 27 March 2006
  • Planning Bill – 18 November 2008
  • Powers of Entry etc. Bill – 6 April 2010
  • Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure – 29 October 1993
  • Railways and Transport Safety Bill – 3 July 2003
  • Retail Development Bill – 8 July 2008
  • Road Safety Bill – 10 January 2006
  • Sovereign Grant Bill – 3 October 2011
  • Trustee Bill – 29 June 2000
  • Water Bill – 9 July 2003
  • Wreck Removal Convention – (source: Duchy of Cornwall FOI request page, Parliament website)

Earlier cases of Prince’s consent

  • The West of England and South Wales Drainage Company Incorporation Bill 1848 (the earliest known per Kirkhope)

Cases where legislation specifically refers to Duchy of Cornwall but where consent was not required

  • the Duchy of Cornwall Acts passed in 1844 (per Kirkhope, this might suggest that the practice of requiring Prince’s consent was invented after 1843)

Erskine May extracts re Prince’s Consent

Many people are aware that Acts of Parliament require Royal Assent but Queen’s Consent and Prince’s Consent are less well understood. The extracts from Erskine May, 24th edition below show the wide ranging impact of this obscure provision. The obscurity of Parliamentary procedures is partly hidden from the public due to the exorbitant cost of Erskine May – (see Richard Taylor’s Blog Post: Parliament Blown Open by Hackers)

Prince of Wales’s consent

“The Prince’s consent is required for a bill which affects the rights of the
principality of Wales and earldom of Chester, or which makes specific reference to, or special provision for, the Duchy of Cornwall; and the Prince’s consent may (depending on the circumstances) be required for a bill which amends an Act which does any of those things.”

“The need for consent arises from the Sovereign’s reversionary interest in the Duchy of Cornwall. For that reason, if a bill affects the Duchy of Cornwall in the same way as it affects other Crown land, separate Prince’s consent has not been required, the Queen’s consent being sufficient. The Prince’s consent was not required for provisions amending an Act which did not apply to the Duchy, even though those provisions referred expressly to communications with the heir to the Throne. A bill affecting the Duchy of Cornwall in its capacity as harbour authority for the Isles of Scilly has required the Prince’s consent. For the Duchy of Cornwall’s interest in intestacy and bona vacantia…”

Erskine May extracts re Queen’s Consent

Many people are aware that Acts of Parliament require Royal Assent but Queen’s Consent and Prince’s Consent are less well understood. The extracts from Erskine May, 24th edition below show the wide ranging impact of this obscure provision. The obscurity of Parliamentary procedures is partly hidden from the public due to the exorbitant cost of Erskine May – (see Richard Taylor’s Blog Post: Parliament Blown Open by Hackers)

Queen’s Consent

“Bills affecting the prerogative (being powers exercisable by the Sovereign for the performance of constitutional duties) on the one hand, or hereditary revenues, person al property or interests of the Crown , the Duchy of Lancaster or the Duchy of Cornwall on the other, require the signification of Queen’s consent in both Houses before they are passed.”

“When the Prince of Wales is of age, his own consent as Duke of Cornwall is given.”

“The Queen’s consent is expressed in terms to the effect that Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the bill, has consented to place her prerogative or interest, or both, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the bill.”

Queen’s consent in respect of her interest

“Consent in respect of the Queen’s interest is required for a bill which affects the hereditary revenues, personal property or personal interests of the Crown or the Duchies of Lancaster or Cornwall. This includes the Royal Household and the Royal Palaces (including the Palace of Westminster), the Crown Estate and the Crown Estate Commissioners, the Queen’s private estates, and the Queen’s interest as a landlord or an employer.”

“Recent provisions requiring such consent have included:
(a) restrictions on the use that might be made of premises on Duchy
land;
(b) the creation of further statutory nuisances arising from land which
might have exposed the Crown to the risk of legal proceedings;
(c) the express application of data protection legislation to personal data
processed by the Royal Household and the Duchy of Lancaster;
(d) the abolition of the office of coroner of the Queen’s household, so that
deaths of members of the royal family were to be investigated under the
same rules as any other deaths;
(e) the application of legislation about construction contracts to contracts entered into on behalf of the Queen in right of the Duchy of Lancaster or on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall;
(f) the designation of rights in gas importation and storage zones in areas outside the territorial sea as rights belonging to Her Majesty.”

Consent is also required for bills which relate to matters such as intestacy and bona vacantia in which the Crown and the Duchies have a historic interest, unless the effect is remote.

Consent is required if the repeal of a protective provision may have an adverse effect on the Queen’s interest, and is required even if the adverse effect resulting from the bill itself needs consent. Consent is required in respect of substantial consequences for the Queen of changes in the general law, but has not been required for insignificant or remote consequences of such changes. Where consent has already been given in respect of a particular change in the law, it has not been required to be given again in respect of further changes which could not have affected the basis on which the original consent was given. In cases where the effect of a bill is doubtful it is the practice to require the Queen’s consent. A bill relating to the civil service which required consent in respect of the prerogative also required consent in respect of the Queen’s interest because it applied to the Crown Estate Commissioners.”

What e-petitions tell us about how people view UK FOI laws

I have recently submitted an e-petition on fixed time limits for internal reviews. I was actually reasonably pleased to see today that more than 15 people had signed because even though I suspect most people would support it if they took the time to find abut the issue but I know that it isn’t exactly an issue that captivates the imagination of the public.

The Government’s E-petitions does however show that the public has a serious appetite for transparency in specific cases:

The public demand for transparency is not just limited to bolting the door after the banker/MP/News of the World journalist has bolted. There are also people calling for transparency from football clubs lobbyists, restaurants, think tanks and travel agents

and that’s before we even get to the public sector (family courts, QUANGOs…)

The challenge that FOI campaigners face is that many of the changes needed to really energise FOI law are fairly technical and generic while the public’s attention is focussed on a few high profile cases. The British public are not wrong to focus on the really really important stuff. It is up to us as FOI campaigners to try explain where the systematic problems with UK FOI law are and why they matter by reference to specific cases that the public care about. We need to highlight the loopholes and abuses using real examples that impact on peoples every day life whether it is what they eat or where they park or their next holiday. If we do this well the UK could one day have the best FOI laws in the world.