Mr Douglas Thornton
30 November 2018
Dear Mr Thornton,
After initial consideration of your information request HS2 Ltd wish to seek verification of
identity in accordance with Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the FOI
Under Section 8(1) of the FOI Act, a request for information must comply with three
requirements in order to be valid. It must:
(a) be in writing,
(b) state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested.
Your request appears to comply with requirements (a) and (c) but HS2 Ltd has grounds to
believe that ‘Douglas Thornton’ may not represent your ‘real name’, and as such is not
deemed to comply with requirement (b).
In accordance with guidance of the Information Commissioner we would only seek to verify
identity where we have a good reason for doing so, in this case to avoid the possibility of the
request being considered as vexatious or repeated.
As such we seek the provision of proof of your identity, such as a copy of your driving license,
passport or identity card. This can be sent directly to HS2 Ltd via email@example.com.
Any information received will only be processed in order to progress with your information
request and handled in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Please note that your request is placed on hold until we are satisfied that the criteria at
Section 8(1)(b) of the FOI Act is met.
If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request or with the decisions made in
relation to your request, you may complain in writing to HS2 Ltd at the address below. Please
also see attached details of HS2 Ltd’s complaints procedure and your right to complain to the
Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Manager
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited Your right to complain to HS2 Ltd and the Information Commissioner
You have the right to complain to HS2 Ltd within two calendar months of the date of this
letter about the way in which your request for information was handled and/or about the
decision not to disclose all or part of the information requested.
Your complaint will be acknowledged and you will be advised of a target date by which to
expect a response. Initially your complaint will be re-considered by the official who dealt with
your request for information. If, after careful consideration, that official decides that his/her
decision was correct, your complaint will automatically be referred to a senior independent
official who will conduct a further review. You will be advised of the outcome of your
complaint and if a decision is taken to disclose information originally withheld this will be
done as soon as possible.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can
be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office