FOI request (FOI-80027349)
Requested Thu 28 June 2018
Responded Tue 11 September 2018
As per the FOIA, Freedom of Information Act I was inquiring about getting the following information.
Would you please provide the invoices that you've had since 2013 or when the contract started with RingGo?
Would you please provide a copy of the contract currently in force with RingGo ?
Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance with this request.
ResponseQ1 - Please see attached invoices as requested.Q2 - Please see attached document which has been redacted as falls under Section 43 - Commercially Sensitive Information, please refer to refusal notice below:
NOTICE OF REFUSAL
Parts of the RingGo contract is commercially sensitive and falls under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act - Commercially Sensitive Information
Information prejudicing commercial interests - commercial interest relating to an organisations commercial activity and may include trading activity procurement and relationships with third parties.
The exemption afforded by Section 43 is subject to what is known as the 'public interest test'. When applying the test in a particular case a public authority is deciding whether the public interest is better served by non-disclosure than by disclosure.
Although the Freedom of Information Act does not define 'in the public interest', there is a presumption under Freedom of Information that openness is in the public interest. In applying the public interest test a public authority will take into account the distinction that has been often made by courts between things that are in the public interest, and things that merely interest the public. Where applicants have not identified public interest considerations succinctly or accurately, the public authority has a responsibility under the Act to make their own assessment of the public interest considerations in the particular case.
We have identified the following public interest factors that may be seen as encouraging the disclosure of information:
a) accountability of public spending
We consider these factors to be of limited relevance in relation to the information in question.
Public interest factors seen as encouraging non-disclosure are, generally, the exemptions themselves. In consideration of this matter we came to the following conclusions:
a) ensuring that companies are able to compete for business fairly
b) damage to reputation , commercial operations and financial interests
In weighing the factors for and against disclosure we have concluded that the likely benefit to the applicant and the wider public of disclosure is outweighed by the likely prejudice caused by such disclosure and that therefore the public interest is better served by non-disclosure.
For the reasons given above we will not be communicating to you the information you have requested.
Freedom of Information