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Body Armour (520A/21)

Request

With regard to your forces purchases of body armour:

  1. Who is/are your current supplier/s
  2. When does the contract end
  3. How long was the contract term
  4. When will the new procurement process start
  5. What is the current level of protection
  6. What is the current unit price per vest
  7. What was the total value of the contract award
  8. How many units of body armour have been purchased during the contract term

Response

We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police (see attached 520A_21_attachment.pdf). However, we are withholding information in relation to question 6 since it is exempt by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 43(2) – Commercial interests

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

Section 43(2) is a prejudice-based, qualified exemption and therefore I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (520A_21_PIT.pdf).

In accordance with section 17 of the Act, this email represents a Refusal Notice for this particular request.

Attachments

520A_21_attachment

520A_21_PIT