Christmas Party Emails

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Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

I'm writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to ask that you disclose emails sent between 3 or more people copied in between the 15th - 24th December, and 15th-31st November 2020 containing the following words: "party/ies", "santa", "christmas", "wine", "drink/s", "gathering", or "quiz".

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

FOI Mailbox,

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Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
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consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

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[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Our Ref: FOI2021/21116

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.

Kind regards,

Ministerial Support Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear FOI Team,

Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

I'm therefore asking you to remove the November dates, and to hone this request in that way. It is not, as you say, "clear that this would exceed the cost limit", quite the contrary, in fact it's clear to any reasonable person that this would in no way do so, as it primarily involves keyword searching in an email client across a 3 day period. You could, no matter how many staff you have, complete this in a matter of a few hours, which is a generous time frame to allow. To further hone this request however, as well as removing the dates for november, I'd also like to focus on central DCMS offices, not any of the devolved departments or bodies under it's remit.

I'd also point you to the very clear public interest in this matter, and that, if this request were refined over and over again, it might well seem to an outside observer that the department was trying to refuse the request for reasons other than a cost-based exemption...

Yours sincerely,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

Our ref: FOI2021/21374

Dear Max Colbert,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 17th
December. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore reply at the latest by 20th
January.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: FOI2021/21374

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.

Kind regards,

Ministerial Support Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, you'll understand I can't take the information that there were no parties "in DCMS" on face value, given the circumstances that have resulted in "partygate" becoming a national scandal were in the first instance lied about by those involved. There could have been a party that was organised over DCMS Emails, but didn't take place in the offices, if that makes sense.

However, I'm happy to refine my request to include only Emails in which the following people were tagged:

Nigel Huddleston
Matt Warman
Caroline Dinengage
John Whittingdale
Sarah Healey
Polly Payne
Jacinda Humphrey
Hermant Patel
Susannah Storey
Sam Lister

Yours sincerely,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Our ref: FOI2022/02234

Dear Max Colbert,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 9th
February. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore reply at the latest by 9th
March.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Christmas Party Emails'.

I'm requesting an internal review of this request, as my question has not been answered within an appropriate timeframe.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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FOI Team,

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Our Ref: FOI2022/02234

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport. We apologise for the significant delay in providing this
response.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear FOI Team,

In that case, I'd like to further refine my request to remove any dates in November, and the word Christmas please.

Yours sincerely,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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4. https://www.facebook.com/dcmsgovuk
5. http://www.gov.uk/dcms

FOI Mailbox,

Dear Max Colbert,
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not
be able to answer your request without further clarification. 
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport requires further
information in order to identify and locate the information you have asked
for. Specifically, in searching for the relevant correspondence within the
given timeframe, we have identified numerous instances of the words
"party/ies" with differing definitions of the word. For example, the names
of political parties, or groups of people with views on a subject (i.e.
"ensuring both parties agree"). Therefore, could you please clarify if you
are solely interested in party as defined with "social gathering", or if
you wish to specify your request further?
To confirm, following previous clarifications, our understanding of your
request is worded as follows:
Original request: I'm writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act
(2000) to ask that you disclose emails sent between 3 or more people
copied in between the 15th - 24th December,...containing the following
words: "party/ies", "santa", "christmas", "wine", "drink/s", "gathering",
or "quiz".
First clarification: Thank you for your response, you'll understand I
can't take the information that there were no parties "in DCMS" on face
value, given the circumstances that have resulted in "partygate" becoming
a national scandal were in the first instance lied about by those
involved. There could have been a party that was organised over DCMS
Emails, but didn't take place in the offices, if that makes sense.
However, I'm happy to refine my request to include only Emails in which
the following people were tagged:

Nigel Huddleston
Matt Warman
Caroline Dinengage
John Whittingdale
Sarah Healey
Polly Payne
Jacinda Humphrey
Hermant Patel
Susannah Storey
Sam Lister
Second clarification: In that case, I'd like to further refine my request
to remove any dates in November, and the word Christmas please.
Once you have clarified your request, we will be able to begin to process
your request. If we do not receive clarification within three months your
request will be considered to have lapsed. Under section 1(3) of the Act,
a public authority need not comply with a request unless any further
information reasonably required to locate the information is supplied.
Kind Regards,
Freedom of Information team

Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[1][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[2]@dcms   [3]/dcmsgovuk | [4]www.gov.uk/dcms

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI Mailbox,

Yes please, the party/parties reference would only apply to any social gathering, not any political party.

Yours sincerely,

Max Colbert
The Citizens

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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