PPE Procurement VIP Lane

P. John made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cabinet Office

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Cabinet Office,

I understand from a recent request to the DHSC that the PPE VIP lane email address given to MPs was "covid-ppe-priority-appraisals AT cabinetoffice.gov.uk".

Furthermore, I am told that Lord Deigton (Chair of the PPE Taskforce) "was not involved in the establishment or operation of the high priority lane". Also that "No instruction came from DHSC Ministers or the Permanent Secretary".

Given the email address is a cabinetoffice.gov.uk address, please could you disclose to me;-

1) The instruction given to Cabinet Office IT staff to create the email address "covid-ppe-priority-appraisals AT cabinetoffice.gov.uk".
2) The name of the Minister who was responsible for instructing & authorising the creation of the PPE VIP Lane email account
3) The invitation (perhaps as a circular, email, or poster) sent to Ministers, MP, and Lords to submit their recommendations to that email address

Yours faithfully,
P John

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2021/09202

Dear P John,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 23rd
April. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 ('the Act').

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore aim to reply at the latest by
24th May.

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

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

concerning my request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane", your response (which you told me I could expect on 24 May 'at the latest') has not been received.

For details, please see;
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7...

Please could you provide the requested information immediately.

Yours faithfully,

P. John

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

Dear P John
I am very sorry that you have not yet received a response to your request.
I am emailing to inform you that your case is still under consideration,
and I hope to be able to provide you with a response shortly.
Kind regards, 
Cabinet Office FOI Team

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

please can I chase progress on my FoIA request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane" (which you can see here; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p... )

I'm not sure I understand why this comparatively simple request is taking you so long to answer.

Please could you tell me when I might expect your reply, given you are already breaking the law. Your response was due on 24 May 'at the latest'.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

Dear P. John,
I am very sorry that you have not yet received a response to your request.
I am emailing to inform you that your case is still under consideration,
and I hope to be able to provide you with a response shortly.
Kind regards, 
Cabinet Office FOI Team

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

please can I - once again - chase progress on my FoIA request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane" (which you can see here; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p... )

As stated previously I'm not sure I understand why this comparatively simple request is taking you so long to answer.

Please could you now disclose to me;-

1) The instruction given to Cabinet Office IT staff to create the email address "covid-ppe-priority-appraisals AT cabinetoffice.gov.uk".
2) The name of the Minister who was responsible for instructing & authorising the creation of the PPE VIP Lane email account
3) The invitation (perhaps as a circular, email, or poster) sent to Ministers, MP, and Lords to submit their recommendations to that email address

Please could you tell me when I might expect your reply, given you are already breaking the law. Your response was due on 24 May 'at the latest'.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

Dear P John,
Thank you for your email. I'm very sorry you have not yet received a
response to your request. I have followed this up and will hopefully be
able to provide you with an update soon. 
Thank you for your patience.
Kind regards, 
Cabinet Office FOI Team

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

please can I - yet again - chase progress on my FoIA request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane" (which you can see here; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p... )

This is a straight forward request for specific documentation which I know you have to hand. There is simply no excuse for the continuing delay providing this information. You are breaking the law.

As a reminder, the FoIA even describes a criminal offence for concealing information. To quote ICO; "Section 77 of the FOIA states a person 'is guilty of an offence if he alters, defaces, blocks, erases, destroys or conceals any record held by the public authority, with the intention of preventing the disclosure by that authority of all, or any part, of the information to the communication of which the applicant would have been entitled.'"

I am entitled to see a copy of the information requested in my FoIA request, and was entitled by law to receive that information 20 days after it was first requested. Your failure to promptly provide that information will soon result in a criminal complaint to the ICO alleging that a section 77 offence has been committed.

Please could you now disclose to me;-

1) The instruction given to Cabinet Office IT staff to create the email address "covid-ppe-priority-appraisals AT cabinetoffice.gov.uk".
2) The name of the Minister who was responsible for instructing & authorising the creation of the PPE VIP Lane email account
3) The invitation (perhaps as a circular, email, or poster) sent to Ministers, MP, and Lords to submit their recommendations to that email address

Please could you tell me when I might expect your reply, given you are already breaking the law. Your response was due on 24 May 'at the latest'.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

concerning my request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane" (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...) a complaint has been handed to the ICO casework team, alleging a section 77 offence.

I would recommend you contact the ICO Casework team urgently to explain why this request has not been properly & lawfully addressed.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

Gadawodd P. John anodiad ()

"Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office. We confirm that we have received your correspondence"

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

2 Atodiad

Dear P John,

With apologies for the delay, please find attached our response to your
recent Freedom of Information request (reference FOI2021/09202).

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Gadawodd P. John anodiad ()

With a little help from a sophisticate text recovery tool called "Curtain Paste";-

"From: Max Cairnduff <max.cairnduff [-] cabinetoffice.gov.uk>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2020 at 14:59
Subject: Re: PPE Cell - PMO Contact Details
To: Jo Newman <jo.newman [-] cabinetoffice.gov.uk>
Cc: Rob Brown <rob.brown [-] cabinetoffice.gov.uk>
Thanks Jo,
could you please set up a mailbox for the High Priority and VIP requests? I'm keen that they don't come to my personal email address if possible - as if they do and I'm then off sick the team would potentially lose access to them (and I'd have to screen them from my myriad
other emails).
Best regards,
Max Cairnduff"

Dear Cabinet Office,

many thanks for the information received, both the information you intended, and that which you did not but I have obtained regardless.

There was no justification for withholding this information on Data Protection Grounds; the people involved are Senior Government Officials.

Yours faithfully,

P. John

Gadawodd J Roberts anodiad ()

Recently updated ICO guidance:

'Official information held in non-corporate communications channels'

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/foi...

Witness Statement of Lord Bethell:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ddk92zY...