Information will not be released
Mrs J Groves
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
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Mr Philip Walton
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 June 2015
Freedom of Information Request
Dear Mr Walton
Thank you for your email dated 14 May 2015 sent to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), in which you asked for the following information:
Cameron’s Aide Patrick Rock, the last I heard, was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 27th Feb 2015. I have been looking out for what happened on all the news media, and there is NOTHING. This smacks of some sort of enforced political cover up, but I would like to be told that that this view is not correct from the Ministry accountable for Justice, and if there is no cover up, what happened on that date to Mr Rock.
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and has been passed to me because I have responsibility for answering requests relating to HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) in London and
I can confirm that HMCTS does hold the data you are requesting, but in this instance will not be releasing it as it is information contained in a court record and therefore exempt from disclosure.
We are not obliged to provide information contained in a court record. In this case, the information you are seeking is contained in the relevant case files which are part of a court record (section 32(1) of the FOIA). The terms of this exemption in the FOIA mean that we do not have to consider whether or not it would be in the public interest for you to have the information.
Also we are not obliged, under section 40(2) of the FOIA, to provide information that is the personal information of another person if its release would contravene any of the provisions in the DPA for example, if disclosure is unfair. The terms of this exemption in the FOIA mean that we do not have to consider whether or not it would be in the public interest for you to have the information.
You can find out more about sections 32 and 40 by reading the extracts from the FOIA and some guidance points we consider when applying this exemption, attached at the end of this letter.
You can also find more information by reading the full text of the FOIA. Section 32 is viewable here: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/section/32; and section 40 viewable here: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/section/40.
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