MRCU

Cayman Islands Mosquito Research & Control Unit Website

Freedom of Information

For more information on Freedom of Information please see: www.foi.gov.ky/

As a public authority, the Portfolio of the Civil Service is committed to openness, transparency and serving the public interest in compliance with the Freedom of Information Law, 2007.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Law was passed on 19th October 2007 and came into effect in January 2009. It gives the public a right of access to all types of records held by public authorities, but also sets out some exemptions from that right.

Publication Schemes

Each public authority covered by the Freedom of Information Law has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme in accordance with s. 5 of the FOI Law. The main purpose of a publication scheme is to make information readily available without the need for specific written requests. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish proactively, and develop a greater culture of openness.

The Law states that Information to be published by public authorities includes:-

  • The functions of the authority, what work it does and how it sets about its tasks.
  • The departments and agencies of the authority.
  • The subjects handled by each department or authority, with the locations of the departments and agencies and the opening hours of all offices.
  • The title and business address of the Principal Officer and other key officers within the authority.
  • Classes of records held.
  • Manuals, interpretations, rules, guidelines, practices or precedents.

Classes of Information

A Class of Information is a way of collecting together similar types of information. The Mosquito Research & Control Unit has grouped its Classes of Information into broad categories (or functions) which

reflect the Portfolio’s outputs. If you are intending to make a request, the following grouping of information should give you an indication of where the information may be found.

  • Administration
  • Policy development and advice
  • Operational support and advice

Making a Request

We want to help you find the information you are interested in.

If you want to request information from the Mosquito Research & Control Unit, contact the Information Manager or the FOI Unit.

Requests must be in writing (letter, email or facsimile) and must include your name and an address (either postal or e-mail). Please be as specific as possible about the information you would like, as this will help us to respond promptly. Where possible, please include a contact telephone number so we can call to discuss your request if necessary.

We will respond to your request promptly. The Law requires public authorities to respond within 30 calendar days, allowing an extension of an additional 30 calendar days if needed. We will always acknowledge receipt of FOI requests made to the Information Manager and we will let you know if we need to extend the deadline. For detailed advice on what sorts of information is exempt please see the FOI Unit website.

Information Manager Contact Details

Ms. Ligia Whittaker
The Mosquito Research and Control Unit
The Marco Giglioli Building
99 Red Gate Road
PO Box 486
Grand Cayman KY1-1106
Telephone: – +1 345 949 2557
Fax: – + 1 345 949 8912
E-mail: – foi.mrcu@gov.ky

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Fees associated with a Request for Information

There is no application fee and no fee for going to a public authority and looking at a record requested by FOI. However, a requester may be required to pay copying or change of format fees. Details concerning costs and payment are contained in the FOI Regulations which are available on the FOI Unit website.

Right of Appeal

If you are not satisfied with the help offered to access information from the Mosquito Research & Control Unit, you should contact the Information Manager.

If you have a complaint not relating to Freedom of Information please visit our contact us section.

Internal Review

If you make a request under the Freedom of Information Law and are not satisfied with our response, you are entitled to an internal review. If you believe you are entitled to an internal review, please put your complaint in writing and either e-mail or post it to the Information Manager. Include your name, address, telephone number and the reference number at the top of our letter or e-mail to you. You have 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of a refusal to request an internal review. Please explain why you would like us to review our original response.

Under section 33 of the FOI Law, you may ask for an Internal Review of a response to your request:

  • If you were refused access.
  • If you were granted partial access to the record(s) specified in your application.
  • If your request was deferred.
  • If there was a refusal to amend or annotate an official document containing personal information.
  • If a fee was charged for action taken* or if you disagree with the amount of the fee charged.

*Where the decision was taken by a person other than the responsible Minister, Chief Officer or Principal Officer of the public authority.

Appeal to the Information Commissioner

If you are dissatisfied with the internal review of our decision, or an internal review was not available, you can seek an appeal from the Information Commissioner.

Dislosure Log

This website forms the Mosquito Research & Control Unit e-publication scheme, developed in compliance with Section 5 of the FOI Law.

The disclosure log provides details of FOI requests that we feel may have a wider public interest.

Please note that the disclosure log does not list everything that has been released under FOI. Some responses consist of large numbers of documents that are not held in electronic format. Where practical, the documents concerned have been scanned and made available online via our website. Requests sent to multiple departments and not specific to MRCU have been omitted.

In addition to a summary of the original request, the log indicates whether or not the information was released and what exemptions, if any, were applied.

Where the actual reply has been reproduced, the applicant’s name and other personal details have been deleted.

Request Number Request Details Outcome
21117 Reports on the effects of mosquito control efforts on the health of humans, animals plants or the environment. Click here to view document
32226 Information regarding positions, contracts, vacant positions and pay scales of staff at the MRCU. Information sent, now out of date.
MRCU FOI 1/09 Information regarding approved altitude for MRCU’s spray plane(s), altitude logs and any disciplinary actions taken against MRCU pilots. Click here to view document
 29758 Information on MRCU’s plans to carry out research using genetically modified mosquitoes (dated Sept 2009) Click here to view document