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Schedule 12AE+W+S Access to Information: Exempt Information

Part IE+W+S Descriptions of Exempt Information

1Information relating to a particular employee, former employee or applicant to become an employee of, or a particular office-holder, former office-holder or applicant to become an office-holder under, the authority.

2Information relating to a particular employee, former employee or applicant to become an employee of, or a particular officer, former officer or applicant to become an officer appointed by—

(a)a magistrates’ court committee, within the meaning of section 19 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1979; or

(b)a probation committee appointed under paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973.

3Information relating to any particular occupier or former occupier of, or applicant for, accommodation provided by or at the expense of the authority.

4Information relating to any particular applicant for, or recipient or former recipient of, any service provided by the authority.

5Information relating to any particular applicant for, or recipient or former recipient of, any financial assistance provided by the authority.

6Information relating to the adoption, care, fostering or education of any particular child.

7Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (other than the authority).

8The amount of any expenditure proposed to be incurred by the authority under any particular contract for the acquisition of property or the supply of goods or services.

9Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services.

10The identity of the authority (as well as of any other person, by virtue of paragraph 7 above) as the person offering any particular tender for a contract for the supply of goods or services.

11Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office-holders under, the authority.

12Any instructions to counsel and any opinion of counsel (whether or not in connection with any proceedings) and any advice received, information obtained or action to be taken in connection with—

(a)any legal proceedings by or against the authority, or

(b)the determination of any matter affecting the authority,(whether, in either case, proceedings have been commenced or are in contemplation).

13Information which, if disclosed to the public, would reveal that the authority proposes—

(a)to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or

(b)to make an order or direction under any enactment.

14Any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.

15The identity of a protected informant.

Part IIE+W+S Qualifications

1Information relating to a person of a description specified in any of paragraphs 1 to 5 of Part I above is not exempt information by virtue of that paragraph unless it relates to an individual of that description in the capacity indicated by the description.

2Information falling within paragraph 7 of Part I above is not exempt information by virtue of that paragraph if it is required to be registered under—

(a)the Companies Act 1985;

(b)the Friendly Societies Act 1974;

(c)the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 to 1978;

(d)the Building Societies Act 1962; or

(e)the Charities Act 1960.

3Information falling within paragraph 8 of Part I above is exempt information if and so long as disclosure to the public of the amount there referred to would be likely to give an advantage to a person entering into, or seeking to enter into, a contract with the authority in respect of the property, goods or services, whether the advantage would arise as against the authority or as against other such persons.

4Information falling within paragraph 9 of Part I above is exempt information if and so long as disclosure to the public of the terms would prejudice the authority in those or any other negotiations concerning the property or goods or services.

5Information falling within paragraph 11 of Part I above is exempt information if and so long as disclosure to the public of the information would prejudice the authority in those or any other consultations or negotiations in connection with a labour relations matter arising as mentioned in that paragraph.

6Information falling within paragraph 13 of Part I above is exempt information if and so long as disclosure to the public might afford an opportunity to a person affected by the notice, order or direction to defeat the purpose or one of the purposes for which the notice, order or direction is to be given or made.

Part IIIE+W+S Interpretation

1(1)In this Schedule—

  • child” means a person under the age of eighteen years and any person who has attained that age and—

(a)is registered as a pupil at a school; or

(b)is the subject of a care order, within the meaning of section 20 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969;

  • disposal”, in relation to property, includes the granting of an interest in or right over it;

  • employee” means a person employed under a contract of service;

  • financial or business affairs” includes contemplated, as well as past or current, activities;

  • labour relations matter” means—

(a)any of the matters specified in paragraphs (a) to (g) of section 29(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974 (matters which may be the subject of a trade dispute, within the meaning of that Act); or

(b)any dispute about a matter falling within paragraph (a) above;

and for the purposes of this definition the enactments mentioned in paragraph (a) above, with the necessary modifications, shall apply in relation to office-holders under the authority as they apply in relation to employees of the authority;

  • office-holder”, in relation to the authority, means the holder of any paid office appointments to which are or may be made or confirmed by the authority or by any joint board on which the authority is represented or by any person who holds any such office or is an employee of the authority;

  • protected informant” means a person giving the authority information which tends to show that—

(a)a criminal offence,

(b)a breach of statutory duty,

(c)a breach of planning control, as defined in section 87(3) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, or

(d)a nuisance,

has been, is being or is about to be committed;

  • tender for a contract” includes a written statement prepared by the authority in pursuance of section 9(2) of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (estimated cost of carrying out functional work by direct labour).

(2)Any reference in this Schedule to ”the authority’ is a reference to the principal council or, as the case may be, the committee or sub-committee in relation to whose proceedings or documents the question whether information is exempt or not falls to be determined and includes a reference—

(a)in the case of a principal council, to any committee or sub-committee of the council; and

(b)in the case of a committee, to—

(i)any constituent principal council;

(ii)any other principal council by which appointments are made to the committee or whose functions the committee discharges; and

(iii)any other committee or sub-committee of a principal council falling within sub-paragraph (i) or (ii) above; and

(c)in the case of a sub-committee, to—

(i)the committee, or any of the committees, of which it is a sub-committee; and

(ii)any principal council which falls within paragraph (b) above in relation to that committee.

Part IIE+W+S

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