Latest FOI refusal: MoJ doesn't see a business reason to know many linguists Capita uses
Our Ref: FOI - 84738 27 August 2013
Freedom of Information Request
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for your e-mail of 12 August 2013, in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
“As part of the Language Services Framework Agreement with Capita Translation and Interpreting (hereafter referred to as CTI), the contractor CTI is required to maintain a Register of Interpreters and Translators to be used in connection with the Framework.
Please advise 1) the number of individuals on this register on 1st July 2013 and 2) how many of these individuals had fulfilled at least one interpreting or translation assignment during the period 1st April 2013 to 1st July 2013.”
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can confirm that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not hold the information that you have requested. To establish whether the information was held I conducted a thorough search, and made enquires with the MoJ procurement team.
If the information was held by MoJ it would be have to be held by the above mentioned business area. It may help if I clarify that information is not held by MoJ because there is no legal, or business requirement for MoJ to hold the information being requested. This information is held only by Capita Translation and Interpreting.
Please be advised that the FOIA does not oblige a public authority to create information to answer a request if the requested information is not held. It does not place a duty upon public authorities to answer a question unless recorded information exists. The FOIA duty is to only provide the recorded information held.