Broadway Market shortlist for future vacancies (FOI-299)
Dear Mr ****
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 18 June 2018.
You requested the following:
In your document "Application selection process – trader brief" (downloaded from https://hackney.gov.uk/broadway-market on 18 June 2018) you state:
"During the interview stage we will assess each candidate’s suitability for their preferred market and use a scoring system to evaluate responses. Applicants who pass the interview process in accordance with our scoring system (as outlined in Appendix A), will be offered a pitch, given that their chosen market has sufficient availability and is not oversubscribed for their commodity. Those who score satisfactorily in their interview but sell a commodity that is oversubscribed will be placed on a short list for future vacancies or may be offered a pitch on an alternative market."
I would like to get the shortlist of traders for future vacancies at Broadway market (aka the waiting list) including business or trading name and ordered by commodity, and, if possible, with scoring of all traders featured on the list
The Council’s Response
Your request has been considered and it is exempt under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find below the exemption applicable and the reason/s why it has been applied.
Section 43 Commercial interests
Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to; prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).
Public Interest Arguments for Disclosure
Public Interest Arguments for Withholding information
We believe that publishing the list of shortlisted traders would damage our interests in being able to maintain a well-populated market, in that it would provide a ready-selected list of traders to other markets seeking prospective traders.
On considering the public interest, we do not consider that the public benefit in knowing this information outweighs our own commercial interests.
In the case of the scores for prospective traders, we believe this would damage both our commercial interests, in the case of highly-scored traders, for the reasons above, and also those of the traders themselves, in that it would disadvantage those with a lower score.
Again we do not consider the public benefit of knowing this information to be outweighed by the commercial damage done by sharing this information publicly. We therefore exempt this request under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act.
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