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Coronavirus – Convictions/Fines (51A/20)

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information related to fines issued under Coronavirus regulations:

The officers’ notes or PNB related to each instance someone was fined or convicted under Section 9 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 since the regulations were introduced (26th March).

Response

Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ as follows).

REASON FOR DECISION

This information is not centrally collated. Therefore in order to obtain it, we would need to approach every single officer across the force. Such a search however would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

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

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