Legal cases

Louis Goddard made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Forestry Commission as part of a batch sent to 18 authorities

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.

I write to ask for information under the freedom of information act.

1. For each of the last 10 financial years, and the current financial year to 18.10.18 please state:
- the number of legal disputes between your department and other central government departments and non-departmental government bodies.

For each, please provide
-A list of the court cases related to the dispute, with current status (resolved or ongoing)
-Total time period of the dispute from bringing of proceedings until conclusion.
-Total cost in legal fees and related administration costs to your department

2. For each of the last 10 financial years, and the current financial year to 18.10.18 please supply the number of legal disputes between yours department and a UK local council (including district, county, borough, unitary, parish).

For each, please provide
-A list of the court cases related to the dispute with current status (resolved or ongoing)
-Total time period of the dispute from bringing of proceedings until conclusion.
-Total cost in legal fees and related administration costs to your department.

3.For each of the last 10 financial years, and the current financial year to 18.10.18 please state the number of legal disputes between your department and a regional mayoral department.

For each, please provide
-A list of the court cases related to the dispute, with current status (resolved or ongoing)
-Total time period of the dispute from bringing of proceedings until conclusion.
-Total cost in legal fees and related administration costs to your department

Yours faithfully,

Louis Goddard

King, Jenny, Forestry Commission

Dear Louis Goddard

Thank you for your request for information regarding the Forestry Commission and legal disputes with other central government departments. The Freedom of Information Act gives a right to information held by a public body at the time a request is received, unless one of the available exemptions to disclose is applied. Where information is not held by a public body there is no requirement to create the information in order to answer a question or request, the only requirement is for the person requesting the information to be advised that the information is not held.

The Forestry Commission in England does not hold any information on any legal disputes between the Forestry Commission and other central government departments. Therefore the answer to your request is that the information requested is not held.

I have tried to deal with your request as fully as possible. However, should you wish to complain about the way your request has been handled please contact:

Forestry Commission
Director England
620 Bristol Business Park
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1EJ

Email: [email address]

Complaints regarding non-compliance with the requirements of the open information legislation should initially be made to the Forestry Commission itself. We aim to resolve any complaints with you directly. However, should the matter fail to be resolved, you may make an appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Further information of the role of the Information Commissioner and guidance on FOI/EIR can be found on the Commissioner’s web site: www.ico.org.uk or by calling the helpline: 0303 123 1113

Best wishes

Jenny King

Jenny King
Information Rights Officer
Forestry Commission England
620 Bristol Business Park
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1EJ
[email address]
+44 (0)300 067 4000 (switchboard)
+44 (0)300 067 4264 (direct)
+44 (0)7747 006 907 (mobile)
www.gov.uk/forestrycommission

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Dear Jenny,

To clarify - the information is not held because there have been no such legal disputes? Is that right?

Yours sincerely,

Louis Goddard

King, Jenny, Forestry Commission

Dear Louis

That is correct, the FC has not had any disputes with other central government departments.

Best wishes

Jenny

Jenny King
Information Rights Officer
Forestry Commission England
620 Bristol Business Park
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1EJ
[email address]
www.gov.uk/forestrycommission

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