Posts Tagged ‘request’

Dept for Transport: Shredding disclosures

Monday, February 21st, 2005

The Department for Transport has posted its response to a Freedom of Information request regarding the policy of shredding Departmental files between the passage of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and its coming into effect in January 2005.
My original investigation into shredding appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

Sunday Times EDS release

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

The Office of Government Commerce has issued a press release announcing what they have disclosed in response to a Sunday Times FOI request. I am checking to see when the Sunday Times made their request and whether this disclosure log was placed online before or after they were given the information.

The Sunday Times asked for the following information about the financial affairs of Electronic Data Systems Ltd, including:

  • reports or investigations of any kind by the Office for Government Commerce into the financial affairs of EDS, the information-technology company commissioned or prepared within the last two years.
  • reports or investigations of any kind into EDS commissioned by the Office for Government Commerce by any external firm or agency
  • correspondence between the Office for Government Commerce and any external firm or agency concerning any report or investigation into EDS
  • and may I please know the titles of any such reports, and see copies of them.

Disclosed Information

  • OGC commissioned two reports into Electronic Data Systems Ltd (EDS) from Deloitte;
  • These two reports were commissioned in 2002 and 2004. (Although the first of these reports was outside the two-year period that you stipulated, we confirm its existence in accordance with our duty to assist under the Act.);
  • These two reports were entitled “Ranger I” and “Ranger II”;
  • There was correspondence between OGC and Deloitte in respect of the Ranger Reports and this consisted of (a) an engagement letter and (b) discussion of the content of drafts of the Ranger Reports;
  • OGC also prepared two financial reports into EDS (the “Internal Reports”) in 2004, but OGC has not prepared any other financial reports regarding EDS either within or before the last two years.

The release goes on to say: ‘Other requested information has not been disclosed in accordance with exemptions under Freedom of Information Act’ but unhelpfully does not reveal the other requested items.

HM Treasury disclosure log

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

The Treausry has published a disclosure log that details Freedom of Information disclosures made by HM Treasury since January 2005 where the material is new or of wider interest.

The log lists the requests made and the information released from HM Treasury but does not include identifying details of the requesters and it does not list all those requests that the Treasury refused to answer. Nonetheless, there is some good stuff here!

The site states, ‘Every effort is made to post disclosures on the website as soon after they are released as possible.’ To see the actual documents, follow the link above.

01/02/05 Appointment of Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England
01/02/05 Equitable life
01/02/05 ERDF and ESF expenditures / EU funds
01/02/05 Golden rule
01/02/05 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC)
01/02/05 House price projections
01/02/05 PFI Jarvis
01/02/05 PFI rates of return
01/02/05 PFI table 19
01/02/05 Wanless Review
12/01/05 EU membership costs

FOI Request: Heathrow Terminal Five

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

This is the Department for Transport’s response to a Freedom of Information request on the planning process for Heathrow Terminal Five.

Heathrow Terminal Five planning process – response to FOI request
DfT response to an FOI request for details on the planning process that granted planning permission for terminal five. Published: 31 January 2005.

Planning Inspectorate Journal – Heathrow Terminal Five article
Additional information published in support of a DfT response to an FOI request regarding the planning process for Heathrow Terminal Five. Published: 31 January 2005.

Heathrow Terminal Five inquiry: Administration and procedure (PDF 26 Kb)
Additional information published in support of a DfT response to an FOI request regarding the planning process for Heathrow Terminal Five. Published: 31 January 2005.

Response: Attorney General’s advice on ID cards & listing of advice

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

This is the actual text from the letter I received 1 February, 2005 from the Freedom of Information Officer, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, Attorney General’s Chambers. To be brief, they refused both requests. It is particularly difficult to fathom why the department cannot even come up with the list of all topics on which the attorney general’s advice was sought. Surely this is a record of such basic necessity that a government department could not function without it. Are we to assume that no one in the Attorney General’s office has any idea what they’re being asked advice on and their overall workload? This is no way to run an efficient department.

You can read here my original letters asking for the legal advice on ID cards and for a listing of all the topics on which the Attorney General has advised.
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Metropolitan Police response: Victoria Park

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Again, I did not get an answer to my question about the number of police patrols in the park. The main concern is this – how can the public have faith that the police are doing an adequate job if they refuse to release such basic information?

Metropolitan Police response: Holland Park crime stats

Monday, January 31st, 2005

To read my original query click here.

Not Protectively Marked

Dear Ms Brooke,

Re. Freedom of Information Request for Crime Statistics: Holland Park, London

Our analyst has been able to ascertain the attached statistics (excel spreadsheet 19kb) which I hope will be of assistance.

The below link is to the Parks Police which outlines their strengths and responsibilities.
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/parksandgardens/parkspolice/default.asp

Malcolm Cameron
Operational Performance Unit
0208 246 0761

[You may note that the link to the website does not answer my initial query about the number of police officers that patrol the park on a daily basis.]

FOIA requests for park crime statistics

Monday, January 31st, 2005

I made two freedom of information requests on 4 January 2005 to London’s Metropolitan Police for crime statistics for local parks.

Links to the Met’s responses will follow.

For Holland Park, W11, London

Public Access Office
New Scotland Yard
10 Broadway
London SW1H 0BG

January 1, 2005

FREEDOM OF INFORMATON REQUEST FOR CRIME STATISTICS: HOLLAND PARK, LONDON

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to request the weekly crime statistics for Holland Park for the past two years up to and including the week this request is answered. Specifically, I would like to know the types of incident that have occurred, location, time and date. Secondly, I would like to know the number of officers who currently patrol the park on a daily basis.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic database, and I can provide discs. I imagine this may also be the easiest method for you if you have an electronic records system, but if these reports are only available in manual form then perhaps we can arrange another method (such as inspection of the records).
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Response to FOIA request for Attorney General’s Iraq advice

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

This is the actual text from the letter I received January 25, 2005 from the Freedom of Information Officer, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, Attorney General’s Chambers.

To read my original letter, click here.

Ms Brooke
I refer to your request received on 5th January 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 for “the final advice given by the Attorney General to the Government on the legality of invading Iraq along with copies of earlier versions of such advice … and all emails and any other inter-departmental correspondence relating to the rationale behind changes made to this advice”.

This office holds no information within the scope of your request to which the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 apply.

Your request under the Act has been considered and we have concluded, for reasons set out more fully in the Annex, that there is no obligation under the Act to disclose this information. Accordingly your request for disclosure is refused.
This letter, together with the Annex, constitutes the notice required to be given under section 17(1), (3) and (7) of the Act.
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FOIA requests to Attorney General: advice on Iraq War, ID cards, listing

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Iraq War

The Freedom of Information Officer
The Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
Attorney General’s Chambers
9 Buckingham Gate
London SW1E 6JP

Jan 2, 2004

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST: IRAQ WAR ADVICE

Dear Sir

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations 2004. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
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