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Monday, 28 September 2009

My Freedom of Information Request to the GCC

For your interest I set out below my request to the General Chiropractic Council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Hi there

I would like to make a freedom of information request to the GCC.

Please disclose to me all information which is held by the GCC in respect of the Happy Families leaflet issued and then withdrawn by the British Chiropractic Association. This information can include internal documents, correspondence with the BCA, and all metadata and other electronic information. The period for this information should date back to the GCC's first awareness of the leaflet.

In case you wrongly construe my request narrowly, I would like to remind you of your duty to assist under freedom of information legislation.

I would wish to make representations on the public interest in disclosure, in the event that any qualified exemption applies requiring a public interest balancing exercise. It is denied that there could be any public interest in non-disclosure should any qualified exemption apply, which is also denied.

By way of background, I write the "Jack of Kent" blog, of which you may be aware. Please assume I will follow this request with one asking about how this request is dealt with (including for disclosure of any correspondence with the BCA as a consulted interested third party under the statutory code of conduct).

My reason in making this request is that it is appropriate - and indeed imperative - that the GCC now places into the public domain all information which it holds relating to this controversial leaflet, especially information about the BCA's promotion and withdraw of the leaflet.

Regards

7 comments:

Zeno said...

Genius. Sheer genius.

Blue Bubble said...

"It is denied that there could be any public interest in non-disclosure should any qualified exemption apply, which is also denied."

Brilliant, very sweet.

Stephen said...

Great stuff but can I ask for clarification on paragraph 4: "It is denied that there could be any public interest in non-disclosure should any qualified exemption apply, which is also denied."

I suppose you are asserting that the GCC should not be in a position to prevent disclosure by claiming that this would be in the public interest. But what *other* "qualified exemptions" might they try to hide behind?

IANAL!

Beacon Schuler said...

Where's the like button on this thing?

6thearl said...

Hats off to Jack. Imperative but brilliant too.

Andy said...

I always assumed FOI requests would be rather dry, formal documents filled with pedantic detail and cautious semantics.

I never thought I'd see one - and from a lawyer of all people, - that opened with "Hi there".

Tony Lloyd said...

This is getting a bit old now. Have they replied, at all?