US UK fta talks 2020

Stephen Delahunty made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department for International Trade

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Department for International Trade.

Dear Department for International Trade,

Can the department provide the minutes of a meeting held on 26 June 2020 between minister Greg Hands and around a dozen organisations who were provided with an update on UK-US trade talks?

If the request is to be considered under Section 43 [commercial sensitivity] can you provide a detailed explanation of your decision and how the department weighed the public interest against commercial sensitivity? For example:

For information to be witheld under Section 43, the following MUST be provided:

-Details of the exact FOIA exemption.
-Details of who would be prejudiced – see MoJ guidance above, page 4.
-A “Public Interest Test” where the arguments for and against release of the information should be discussed .
- If release of the information could prejudice a third party, they should be consulted with – see FOIA Section 45 Code of Practice Part IV
- In addition much information from recent public sector contracts should be made available, especially if they are from after 2005, the start date of the FOIA – see ICO Awareness guidance 5 annexe – public sector contracts.

Further, can you identify and provide any information that might not be commercially sensitive?

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Delahunty

FOI, Department for International Trade

Dear Mr. Delahunty,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 19th November. On behalf of the Department for International Trade (DIT) your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at DIT to process and here is your FOI reference number FOI2020/06025.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and DIT will reply at the latest by 17th December.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information Rights Unit at DIT. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | 55 Whitehall, Westminster| London SW1A 2HP
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FOI, Department for International Trade

Dear Stephen Delahunty,

 

We can confirm that the Department holds information falling within the
terms of your request. However, we need more time to consider your
request.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’) obliges us to respond to
requests promptly and in any case not later than 20 working days after
receiving your request. However, when a ‘qualified’ exemption applies to
the information and an accompanying public interest test is engaged,
section 10(3) of the Act allows the time for response to be extended, in
which case a full response must be provided within such time as is
reasonable in all circumstances. In the case of this FOI request, we are
considering section 27 (international relations). However, this is not yet
finalised and will be subject to changes.

 

The Department has not yet reached a decision on the balance of the public
interest. Due to the need to consider, in all the circumstances of the
case, where the balance of the public interest lies in relation to the
information that you have requested, the Department will not be able to
respond to your request in full within 20 working days. 

 

We hope to let you have a response by 19 January.

 

Kind regards,

 

Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | 55 Whitehall, Westminster| London
SW1A 2HP
| E-mail: FOI[1]@trade.gov.uk

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FOI, Department for International Trade

Dear Mr Stephen Delahunty,

 

We can confirm that the Department holds information falling within the
terms of your request. However, we need more time to consider your
request.

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’) obliges us to respond to
requests promptly and in any case not later than 20 working days after
receiving your request. However, when a ‘qualified’ exemption applies to
the information and an accompanying public interest test is engaged,
section 10(3) of the Act allows the time for response to be extended, in
which case a full response must be provided within such time as is
reasonable in all circumstances. In the case of this FOI request, we are
considering section 27 (International relations). However, this is not yet
finalised and will be subject to changes.

 

The Department has not yet reached a decision on the balance of the public
interest. Due to the need to consider, in all the circumstances of the
case, where the balance of the public interest lies in relation to the
information that you have requested, the Department will not be able to
respond to your request in full within 20 working days. 

 

We hope to let you have a response by 16 February.

 

Kind regards,

 

Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | 55 Whitehall, Westminster| London
SW1A 2HP
| E-mail: FOI[1]@trade.gov.uk

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Stephen Delahunty

Dear Department for International Trade,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for International Trade's handling of my FOI request 'US UK fta talks 2020'.

My request has been delayed twice.

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

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Delahunty

FOI, Department for International Trade

Dear Mr Delahunty,

Many thanks for your email.

Please be aware that an internal review prior to a substantive response to an FOI request can only be an internal review of the timeliness of a response. I have reviewed your request FOI2020/06025 and a second public interest test extension has been applied to your request. This is within the permitted timeframes as advised the Information Commissioners Office. A final response on your request will be issued to you by the 16 February 2020 at the latest.

Best,
Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | 55 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2HP
| E-mail: [email address]

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FOI, Department for International Trade

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Dear Stephen Delahunty

 

Please see the attached reply to your FOI request (FOI2020/06025).

 

If you have any queries, please contact the Information Rights Unit at
DIT.

 

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

 

Kind regards,

Department for International Trade | 55 Whitehall, Westminster| London
SW1A 2HP
| E-mail: FOI[1]@trade.gov.uk

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