Request for information – FOI16640
Thank you for your email of 5 February 2016, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Ordnance Survey:
• Did the Ordnance Survey pay for a NLA (Newspaper Licensing Agency) or CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) media license in 2013-2014?
• If so, how much did the Ordnance Survey pay for the licenses in 2013-2014 (please provide the figures separately)?
• Did the Ordnance Survey pay for other media licenses in 2013-2014? Please list any other media licenses the council subscribed to and how much was paid for them in 2013-2014.
If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.’
I can confirm that ordnance Survey does hold this information. However, your request falls within the ‘Information accessible to applicant by other means’ exemption under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. We consider this exemption applies as the requested information is available to the public on the Ordnance Survey website at the following link: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/about/governance/transparency/expenditure.html
Section 21 is an absolute exemption and no public interest test is applicable.
I hope you find the above information is helpful to you.
Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:
FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:
- Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
- Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
- Failed to provide the information you have requested
- Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
- Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception
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The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.
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Thank you for your enquiry.