FOI Request - RIPSA Powers and Clothing Allowance

Request 101000133352

1) How many times did the council use powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPSA) in 2012 to investigate individuals.  Breakdown what the individual was suspected of and what action was taken under the legislation ie. phone/email records accessed, property bugged etc.  How many times did the council hire private investigators in 2012 and how much were they paid.

Please provide the above information also for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2) Does the Provost and Deputy Provost receive a clothing allowance?  If so how much did they receive in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  What is covered by the clothing allowance?

Response 25-03-2013

1) 2008 - 2 uses of powers, 2 X  Directed Surveillance in relation to Tobacco test purchase and Fireworks test purchase.

2009 - 4 uses of powers, 1X Covert Human Intelligence Source in relation to a local caravan park; 3X Directed Surveillance, 1 also in relation to the local caravan park, another in relation to tobacco and age restricted gaming software test purchase and the third in relation to egg deliveries.

2010 - 4 uses of powers, 1X Covert Human Intelligence Source in relation to a vehicle purchase; 3X Directed Surveillance, 1 in relation to vandalism at a primary School, 1 in relation to the under age sale of petrol and the other in relation to the underage sale of spray paints.

2011 - 3 uses of powers, 1X Direct Surveillance in relation to the underage sale of tobacco; 1X Covert Human Intelligence Source in relation to a test purchase of R4 cards for Nintendo; 1X Directed Surveillance in relation to a test purchase of R4 cards for Nintendo.

2012 - 2 uses of powers, 1X Direct Surveillance in relation to test purchase of R4 cards for Nintendo; 1X Covert Human Intelligence Source in relation to a test purchase of R4 cards for Nintendo.

The Moray Council has not hired private investigators in the time frame mentioned.

2) The Moray Council does not have a Provost or Deputy Provost, the answer to this question is therefore nil.

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