If Asked (214_14)

Request

I would like copies of all material drafted under your “if asked” guidelines in the last five years.

As in, statements prepared in case you were asked about a case/issue/incident by a media organisation. Often these are sent out to media via an email including the phrase “if asked”. They generally remain

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

The cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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