Intranet Queries

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Dear Government Chemist,

I am writing to make a request for all the information to which I am entitled under Freedom of Information Act 2000. My requests are outlined below as specifically as possible to help you retrieve the information required. However, if any of the below is unclear, I would appreciate if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to assist requesters.

Please could you provide the following information:

1)How many employees are working for your organisation, including full-time, part-time, and contracted staff?
2)What is your annual intranet budget?
3)What is your current intranet solution? (e.g. Invotra, Sharepoint, Kahootz, Umbraco)
4)How long have you been using this solution, and when does your contract expire?
5)Do you work with an external partner to supply your intranet? If not, do you develop your intranet internally?
6)Which team/individual is responsible for managing your intranet internally?
7)Which other organisations have access to your intranet?
8)Do you share IT services with other organisations?
9) Are you using the Office 365 suite? If so, which applications from the suite are in use?
10)Who is responsible for your intranet’s procurement within the organisation?
11)Do you use Microsoft’s Active Directory to manage your people data? If so, is your Active Directory (AD) managed on-premise or in the cloud?
12)Do you use any other Software as a Service (SaaS) applications? (e.g. Atlassian/Jira, Slack, Trello, Xero)

If possible, please could you present the information via a Microsoft Word or Excel document, sent to me via email. I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 days and therefore I would appreciate if you could confirm receipt of my request.

Yours faithfully,
Deborah Manley

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Manley

Thank you for your email dated 19 November 2019.

Please note that LGC Limited (“LGC”) hosts the function of the Government Chemist pursuant to its contract with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. With the exception of the function of the Government Chemist, LGC, as an organisation, is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that in response to question 1) seven LGC staff directly support the Government Chemist function. Please refer to the Government Chemist review of 2018 for further information in this respect. A copy has been attached for ease of reference.

In respect of question 2), please note that the function of the Government Chemist does not have an intranet budget. The intranet utilised by the seven LGC staff (referred to in the response to question 1) is managed by LGC. As noted above, LGC, as an organisation, is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In respect of questions 3) - 12), unfortunately the Government Chemist is unable to provide you with the information requested as its disclosure could be used to research and exploit potential software vulnerabilities and, as a result, the information is exempt from disclosure under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 31(1)(a) is a qualified exemption, therefore, the Government Chemist is required to carry out a public interest test. If the public interest in disclosing the information outweighed the public interest in withholding the information the exemption would no longer apply and the Government Chemist would be obliged to release the information. In this instance, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.

Yours sincerely

Government Chemist

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