Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,
I am the Vice Chair of the Sports Massage Association which has 1,200 members, who during the Covid lockdowns were placed in the hugely frustrating position of being unable to work. This is despite us being in the same category as Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors in the Office for National Statistic’s SOC codes who were able to continue working.
We would like to ensure we are never in such a vulnerable situation again by obtaining regulation for our industry. Statutory Regulation via accredited registers is not an option for us as HCPC have already rejected our initial enquiry. This leaves us with two options; Chartership, where we already have preliminary enquiries with the Privy Council, and Licensing.
We are finding it impossible even to find out the procedure for this or where to apply for information, although we know it is government related. We have been in contact with BEIS and DHSC and both have said they will investigate it but with no results 4 months on.
Please can I ask which department and personnel we should approach to find out how to get the sports massage industry licensed, or who is responsible for this?

Yours faithfully,
Yvonne Blake

Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

I have made a previous request for information about how to get a profession licensed, in particular sports massage. You should have replied by June 2nd

Yours faithfully,

Yvonne Blake

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dear Ms Blake,

Thank you for your emails dated 04 May and 03 June.

Although you have indicated that you wish to make a request for information, further to your 'right to know' contained in section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your email contains an enquiry rather than a request for recorded information held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Where a 'request for information' contains an enquiry, rather than a specific request for copies of information held by BEIS, we deal with such requests as a 'normal course of business' enquiry rather than a formal request for information under the FOIA.

This is in accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioners Office which advises that 'Requests which are not for recorded information, but instead ask questions, such as "please explain your policy on x" or "please explain your decision to do y" are not requests for recorded information and therefore should be treated as routine correspondence.".

Your email dated 04 May has been passed to our General Enquiries team to process.

Yours sincerely

BEIS Information Rights & Records Unit.

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BEIS Correspondence, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Ms Blake


Thank you for your email below and I do apologise for the delay in your
receiving a reply.


I understand that your MP, Nigel Evans, has written to the Department on
your behalf regarding this issue but the advice we have received from our
officials is that the matters raised are not appropriate to BEIS. We are
currently in discussion with others about which Department will be best
placed to reply to Mr Evans, but we have yet to receive confirmation on
this point.


Departments have recently been receiving very high volumes of
correspondence, but we will advise your MP separately at the point your
correspondence is transferred.


Kind regards





Ms JM Walsh  | Correspondence Officer

Policy Delivery and Private Office

Tel: 07720 202812 | 0207 215 0415







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