PPE Procurement VIP Lane/Parallel Supply Chain (follow up)

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

thank you for your reponse to my FoIA request PPE Procurement VIP Lane/Parallel Supply Chain. I have some followup questions

1) Please could you confirm or deny that each of MPs Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer (Shadow PM), Jonathan Ashworth (Shadow Health Minister), Rachel Reeves (Shadow Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster), Anneliese Dodds (Shadow Chancellor) were among those to submit recommendations, and state the total number of recommendations from each.
2) If as you state Lord Deighton, Chair of PPE Procurement Taskforce, was "not involved in the establishment or operation" please could you disclose to me the role/name of person(s) who were responsible for establishment and operation of the VIP 'Priority Appraisals' process
3) Please could you disclose to me the instruction given to that person to establish the VIP 'Priority Appraisals' process (I would like to know who it was sent to, the specific instruction given, and who that instruction originated from if not involving Lord Deighton in any way).

Yours faithfully,

P. John

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

please can I chase progress on my FoI request "PPE Procurement VIP Lane/Parallel Supply Chain (follow up)" details of which you can find here; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Your response is presently overdue. You are breaking the law.

Yours faithfully,

P. John

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1334522).

Yours sincerely, 

Dorothy Crowe
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr John,

Sorry for the delay in processing your FOI request. Please find attached
the Department of Health and Social Care's response to your request (our
ref: FOI-1325184).

Yours sincerely, 

Ruiz Alexander
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'PPE Procurement VIP Lane/Parallel Supply Chain (follow up)'.

Concerning the answer to q1 (details of MPs who submitted recommendations to the VIP lane, and quantity) does not strike the correct balance between the public interest and the need for accountability. (It has already been established in law that award of some contracts was unlawful; I would like to know more information about who else was nominating companies to the VIP lane). Perhaps the 'commercial sensitivity' could be addressed by naming only those companies who went on to receive a contract award?

Concerning q2, I asked you to "disclose to me the role/name of person(s) who were responsible for establishment and operation of the VIP 'Priority Appraisals' process". You told me "Government officials". Please tell me the name & role of those officials as originally requested, if as you claim it was not a decision taken by Lord Deighton, Chair of PPE Procurement Taskforce.

Concerning q3,I ask you to "disclose to me the instruction given to that person to establish the VIP 'Priority Appraisals' process". You have not provided that document to me. Please do so without any further delay. That document will indicate precisely who was responsible for instructing the creation of the 'Priority Appraisals' process.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

P. John

Department of Health and Social Care

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the Government’s latest advice and guidance, a link to the NHS website, a
portal for those offering assistance, a tracking service displaying the
latest information on cases in the UK, and an email alert service so
people can stay up to date with all the latest measures. 

The answers to many other questions can be found on [2]GOV.UK,
the [3]Department of Health and Social Care website or by visiting
the [4]NHS website. We may not respond to you if the answer to your
enquiry can be found on either of these websites. Where a reply is
appropriate, we aim to send a response within 18 working days, or 20
working days if your query is a Freedom of Information request or
complaint.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you must get tested as soon as possible.
The swab test takes less than a minute and is pain-free. Results from test
sites are generally received within 24 hours of the test being
administered. Further information, including what symptoms to look out
for, can be found at [5]this website. 

If your business is interested in helping the Government increase
COVID-19 testing capacity, please visit [6]this Government website. Please
note the service that was set up for businesses to offer other
COVID-19 support has closed.

If you are a clinician looking to support the NHS with the COVID-19
response, please visit [7]this website, where you will find a variety of
required roles for both registered and unregistered individuals.

If you are a clinician who has retired within the last six years and you
would like to volunteer to join the NHS COVID-19 vaccination team, please
visit [8]this website.

If you are a member of the public wishing to volunteer during the
pandemic, please visit [9]this website for more information. 

The Department of Health and Social Care does not process complaints about
the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
please visit the [10]complaints procedure page on the Government website.

You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from
our [11]Personal Information Charter.

 

 

 

 

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr John,

I apologise for the delay in you receiving a response to internal review
request (our ref:IR-1338145).

The Department of Health and Social Care is still considering your request
and we will respond as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, 

Ed Franklyn
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr John,

I apologise for the delay in you receiving a response to your internal
review request for FOI-1325184 (our ref:IR-1338145).

Due to high volumes, the Department of Health and Social Care is still
considering your request and we will respond as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, 

Ed Franklyn
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Names... Michael Gove, Matt Hancock, Lord Feldman, Julian Lewis, Andrew Percy, Steve Brine, Esther McVey, Lord Agnew, Lord Feldman, Baroness Mone and Lord Deighton.

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear P John ,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1325184 is now complete. Please see
the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Internal Reviews
Department of Health and Social Care

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