Hospital Policy Review Board correspondence with Constable Taylor (FOI)
Hospital Policy Review Board correspondence with Constable Taylor (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 20 February 2019.
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I refer to a previous Freedom of Information response published at the following link:
Hospital Policy Review Board correspondence (FOI)
I request these communications and any records that the assistant minister Chris Taylor has of any conversations or communications with [names redacted].
I also request copies of communications between the Chief Minister and [names redacted] and records of any conversations and other communications between them please.
A search of email has been completed. Relevant email are attached below:
A search of the emails of the Chief Minister has been undertaken using the search parameters detailed within this request and the previous request published at the link above.
No relevant emails have been located.
Article 25 Personal information
(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.
(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –
(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and
(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.
Article 35 Formulation and development of policies
Information is qualified exempt information if it relates to the formulation or development of any proposed policy by a public authority.
The Scheduled Public Authority (SPA) is withholding the release of certain parts of the information as it relates to the formulation and development of policy by the public authority.
Article 35 is a qualified exemption, which means that a public interest test is required to be undertaken by the SPA. It is therefore necessary for the scheduled public authority to examine the circumstances of the case. Following assessment the SPA has to decide whether, on balance, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
The information redacted under this article relates to an ongoing situation. The SPA requires Ministers to be provided with full, frank advice from officials and third parties about the possible impact of proposed policy.
It was considered that premature disclosure of this information may limit the willingness of parties to provide their honest views and feedback, which would in turn hamper and harm the policy–making process.
Taking into account the various factors, the SPA has applied redactions where necessary to maintain this exemption.
It should also be noted that once a policy is formulated and published, the public interest in withholding information relating to its formulation is diminished, however, the use of the exemption can be supported if it preserves sufficient freedom during the policy formulation phase to explore options without that process being hampered by some expectation of future publication.