I HAD reason to telephone a department within Wycombe District Council recently. At the end of the conversation I foolishly asked the council employee their name as one does in case of needing further communication with that person.

I was given the person’s Christian name and when a surname was requested, the reply was that it is policy not to give surnames. When I queried the fact that I could well be asked my surname when contacting the council the answer was, “that’s different”.

I have no complaints with the way I was dealt with during the conversation but find it ridiculous that a full name could not be given. What have these people got to hide? She also told me their ID badges only show a Christian name. So much for freedom of information.

I would rather you just put my Christian name for obvious reasons if you publish this.

Clive, High Wycombe