London Gazette Online – Royal Warrant Holders

FOI request reference: F0043243
Publication date: October 2015

Outcome:

Unsuccessful

Request:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information: All copies held of the annual published list of Royal Warrant holders, as published in the London Gazette (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/53191/supplement/1856) from 1990 to the present day.

If possible I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in the Data Protection Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Response:

The information you have requested is freely available, in an electronic format, on The Gazette website: https://www.thegazette.co.uk

Under section 21 of the Act, if the information you have requested is reasonably accessible by other means, we do not have to provide it to you. Section 21(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) does not oblige a public authority to provide information if it is already reasonably accessible by other means[1]. Although this exemption does not apply to historic information[2], the link we have provided will give you access to the all copies of the annual published list of Royal Warrant holders, as published in the London Gazette from 1990 to the present day, as you have requested. We have provided you with access to all of the information you have requested.

The Stationery Office, which publishes The Gazette under contract from The National Archives, has also provided the following information that you might find useful in your search:

“What has been published can be searched directly on The Gazette website and downloaded from there if required. The easiest way to search these is to type the phrase “list of tradesmen” (including speech marks) into the search function of the all notices page (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices) and this returns 1068 results, all of which appear to be supplements listing the companies or businesses permitted to display the Royal Coat of Arms.”

You may also find this link useful: http://www.royalwarrant.org/directory

[1] Further guidance on Section 21 can be found at:

http://ico.org.uk/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Detailed_specialist_guides/information-reasonably-accessible-to-the-applicant-by-other-means-sec21.pdf

[2] For a definition of a historic record please use this link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/3029/made