Disclosure Details

Camera activations - 011/17

Dated: 27 Jan 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 3 January 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

Can I get all the 2016 figures for each of the speed cameras identified in the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative data spreadsheet  please.


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

The following exemption is relevant to this request as the information requested will be published on the above website at a future date.

Section 22 Information Intended for Future Publication 

Public Interest Considerations

Factors favouring disclosure

The disclosure of the most recently collected statistics would enhance public knowledge of the subject, by providing current information that may better inform public debate

Factors favouring non-disclosure

To respond to this request, the information would need to be retrieved and collated.  To gather the information, prior to the requirement to do so for the next scheduled publication of data will involve a disproportionate use of resources . As a decision has been made to publish this information in future the spending of additional funds in order to answer this request would not be in the public interest.

Section 21 and 22 exemptions were specifically laid down by parliament to benefit those authorities who proactively publish information. To constantly produce new and up to date elements of currently published information in an attempt to satisfy an additional need outside of the annual schedule would render these exemptions less effective and remove the benefits of proactive publication.

Balancing Test

There needs to be a real and valid reason which identifies a tangible benefit to the public from disclosure of information.  In this case a decision has been made to disclose the information when fully collated and accurate.  The additional cost to the force to deal with the request at this time would not be in the public interest. 

For the reasons outlined above the balancing test for disclosure at this time is not made out. 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.