Letter seeking internal review: 13 April 2005

TO: Sukhvinder Hayer
London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Room 502, Hampton House
20 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7SD

13 April 2005

REQUEST FOR INTERNAL REVIEW FOR REFUSAL TO RELEASE FIRE INSPECTION REPORTS

Dear Ms Hayer

Thank you for your letter of 17 March 2005. I would like to request an internal review of the authority’s decision to refuse my request for all fire safety inspection reports from the latest 12-month period from the time my request is answered.

The grounds for my appeal are that fire safety inspection reports do come under the definition of environmental information in the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. As you will know, the EIR overrides statutory prohibitions in domestic legislation such as section 21 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971.

Fire involves the release of materials (energy, products of combustion, etc) into the atmosphere referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of environmental information. The by-products of fire are certainly likely to affect one or more of the elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a) and fire inspections are measures likely to affect or designed to protect those things as stated in paragraph (c) – “measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements”. Finally, fire inspection reports and the process of fire safety enforcement relate directly to “the state of human health and safety.. where relevant, conditions of human life.” – paragraph (f).

In light of these factors, I wish my request to be reviewed, and I look forward to a positive result.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

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