Are you now subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please? Thank you very much.

name removed 23 Oct 2012 (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Freedom of Information request to Independent Schools Inspectorate
This authority is not subject to FOI law, so is not legally obliged to respond (manylion).


This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

name removed 23 Oct 2012 (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Independent Schools Inspectorate,

I am requesting to know whether you are now subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

[first name removed] [last name removed]

name removed 23 Oct 2012 (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

1 February 2012

Dear Mr Barnes, Independent Schools Inspectorate

I thank you for informing me that you are not subject to the FOIA 2000.

Whilst you do not have to respond to my questions under FOIA, I would nevertheless be grateful to know about any consultation process vis-a-vis the ISI becoming subject to FOIA 2000.

In the interests of public transparency please identify that you were part of these consultative meetings in 2011.

Have you been told that you DEFINITELY will NOT be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000? And, if so, where is the public documentation provided by Government that tells you this?

If in the alternative that the Independent Schools Inspectorate might in due course be subject to the FOIA 2000 could you please indicate what you have been informed on this matter?

Thank you very much, and, as always, I am most grateful to you for your personal kindness,

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

[first name removed] [last name removed]
Campaigner for Liberty, Truth and Justice

name removed 23 Oct 2012 (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

1 February 2012

Dear Mr Barnes, Independent Schools Inspectorate,

Thank you very much for your kind help in explaining to me in your email to me today that the ISI is not subject to the FOIA 2000.

I am content to leave it at that, and await to know if and when the ISI become subject to the FOIA2000, if at all.

In a GOOGLE search I conducted immediately after responding to you, with my thanks, I found a reference to Hansard of 19 January 2012.

In this reference, Mr Gibb made a statement in response to Mr Graham Stuart asking the Secretary of State For Education what steps he is taking to ensure that the provisions of the FOIAct 2000 apply to the inspecton of child safeguarding arrangements at independent schools after they have been transferred form Ofsted to the Independent Inspectorate.

Mr Gibb responded that any information provided TO the Department for Education becomes subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This would appear to refer to any and all child safeguarding measures.

Mr Gibb responded that the Ministry of Justice -a Goverment department - is currently deciding whether or not the ISI will become subject itself to the FOIAct 2000.

Mr Gibb explained that if the Ministry of Justice decided that ISI does become subject to the FOIAct, the ISI would be designated as a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act in relation to any functions of a public nature that it might perform.

When I made my original FOIAct 2000 Request to you, I was totally unaware of this very recent development and now would like to know if ISI itself has any further details or developments in consequence of what has been stated in Parliament on 19 January 2012.

Further to this, I note that the structure of ISI was due to change in 2012. It was stated in Parliament that the then current status of ISC and ISI would alter.

Could you please explain how ISI now operates. Who are your Directors as it appears that they are Government appointments by the Department for Education. Is this the case?

And, if so, then surely these appointments do come within the remit of FOIAct 2000 and therefore ISI itself is deemed as a public body performing a public service as these are GOVERNMENT APPOINTEES running the INSPECTORATE and therefore they are agents of the Crown, not simply a private not-for-profit company in the ownership of ISC.

I am now somewhat confused, just as I was when in 2008 the work of Ofsted and the inspectorates were scutinised by Parliament.

House of Commons - Children, Schools and Families Committee

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm2008...

With best wishes,

[first name removed] [last name removed]

Campaigner for Liberty, Truth and Justice