Freedom of Information headlines/roundup from the week ending 16th November 2012.
UK Freedom of information headlines – week ending 16th November
A round up of all the most important Freedom of Information news, and best uses for the week ending 16th November 2012. Brought to you by @FOIdirectory. Follow us on Twitter for updates and news about FOI, plus a brand new website coming soon.
Storified by FOI Directory · Fri, Nov 16 2012 09:42:04
Newcastle NHS sent a private email talking about rejecting a FOI request and the reasons they were going to use to a journalist, even worse for them it was a journalist on a national newspaper.
The staff at the NHS said:
“The first employee then clarifies: “Can we say that our Strategy is commercially sensitive and refuse to disclose?”
She was then told it could be exempt, with her fellow NHS worker suggesting she points the applicant in the direction of historic public data instead.
“It would at least make us look slightly helpful,” he conceded.
Jon Baines (@bainesy1969) has followed up to the article with a reply about the internal discussions which take place around FOI requests.
The article states the Foreign Office spent £27million for 717 children of diplomats last year.
However the importance of context when looking at FOI figures becomes apparent with the quote at the end of the article.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Where staff cannot or choose not to take their children overseas, we contribute towards the costs of boarding schools in the UK for children up to the age of 18, provided officers meet specific eligibility criteria.
“In some countries we do not permit staff to take their children for security reasons. In others, local schools of an acceptable standard are not available.”
So the money is probably better spent than putting a child’s life at risk.
Luckily nowadays it would be almost impossible to get a sword into the HoC, although it doesn’t seem to stop people trying.
In total a Freedom of Information request found over 400 knives, 3 fake guns, a sword and more have been attempted to be smuggled into the House of Commons.
£250,000 of the trips were on domestic flights.
Firefighters in Wales have been called out to more than 2,700 times to incidents helping obese people move.