Under the Freedom of Information Act please may I have the following information:
1.How many applications have been made to the force under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, often referred to as Sarah’s Law, during the following years:
2.For each of the above years, please state how many disclosures about registered sex offenders have been made by the force.
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to Question 2 .How many disclosures have been made as to locate and retrieve this information would exceed the cost limit under FOI
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.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information for each of the following financial years a) 2010/11 b) 2011/12 c) 2012/13 d) 2013/14 e) 2014/15 f) 2015/16 g) 2016/17 h) 2017/18 i) 2018/19, How many requests for information were received by your force under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law) as this is already published and has been made available via the following link.
This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests