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

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Louis Goddard

Thank you for your request, made under the Freedom of information Act 2000 (the Act).

We will deal with your request in line with the Act.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Louis Goddard

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. Ofqual has reviewed your request and we require further information in order to identify and locate the requested information.

Could you clarify what you mean by 'legal disputes'? Is this court proceedings initiated by Ofqual or another definition? Once we have your reply we will be able to proceed with your request. The 20 working days to respond will commence when we receive your clarification.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team, Ofqual

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In terms of the definition of legal dispute, for absolute clarity, it may be best to split this term into two parts.

1) Please provide information on all incidents that resulted in a case being heard in UK court.

2) Please provide information on all incidents that were subject to a legal dispute (such as the sending of letters before action) but were settled out of court, if this can be provided within the cost limit set out under the FOIA.

Yours sincerely,

Louis Goddard

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Louis Goddard

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team, Ofqual

• Office: 0300 303 3344
• Earlsdon Park, 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

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