How many Common Law Disclosures have you made to licensing authorities for taxi
and private hire vehicle licence-holders since August 2015? If possible, please
specify the number for each licensing authority.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Disclosures are stored, on our system, by the nominal name not by the organisation. The system does not identify the regulator either, so we are unable to distinguish that it was a common law disclosure. To provide would involve researching over 200,000 records which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, 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.
In accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act, I am happy to look at ways in which you can refine your request in order to have access to some of the information you have requested. However, I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations