A Shropshire Council report states that Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out an audit of the Shirehall in November 2020.
Would you be kind and advise if this report is publicly available via SF&RS or via SC. It's difficult for me to know as each are public bodies.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act which has been passed on to me to respond to. I can confirm that Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service did carry out a Fire Safety Audit at Shirehall in November 2020 which is within our statutory duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. I can also confirm that this audit report is not publicly available anywhere. We do not publish any of the audits we conduct. I would like to reiterate that ‘Information we hold for audit/inspection is confidential and under Section 41 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) this information is exempt from disclosure. The FOIA states:
‘Section 41 (1)-( 1) Information is exempt information if —
(a) it was obtained by the public authority from any other person (including another public authority), and,
(b) the disclosure of the information to the public (otherwise than under this Act) by the public authority holding it would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by that or any other person.’
This is an absolute exemption and so there is no public interest test to be carried out under FOIA.’ .
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