Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 3A, Nobel House
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London SW1P 3JR Telephone
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Our ref: RFI 4617
Date: 10 April 2012
Dear Mr Henderson, REQUEST FOR MINUTES OF THE ALE PROGRAMME BOARD SINCE 26th
Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs)
for a copy of the minutes of the Atmosphere & Local Environment (ALE) Programme
Board since 26th September 2011. We have sifted our records and found that there has
only been one programme board meeting since then, on 31st January 2012. A copy of the
minutes of this meeting is attached with this letter.
Please note that the information in scope of your request that is being disclosed is already
in the public domain or comprises the views of officials on the ALE programme and
programme board members that are also now in the public domain.
The meeting minutes are being disclosed in full and no information is being withheld.
I appreciate that you may have an ongoing interest in the minutes of this meeting and am
happy to ensure that you are sent a copy of the minutes from all Programme Board
meetings in the future. Hopefully this will be more convenient than expecting you to check
our website periodically for minutes published online. Please let me know if you would like
us to send you a copy of the minutes in future.
I attach Annex A, which explains the copyright that applies to the information being
released to you.
I also attach Annex B giving contact details should you be unhappy with the service you
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.
17 Smith Square
Tel: 0207 238 1129
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