PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT
50 VICTORIA STREET
Web Site: www.dft.gov.uk
Our Ref: F0017356
14 May 2019
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information
Thank you for your request for information which we received on 11 April 2019. The
Department does hold the information you are seeking.
The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, in any case no later than 20
working days after receiving your request. However, when a qualified exemption applies
to the information, the public interest test needs to be considered. We are not required to
comply with your request until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances. We do, of
course, aim to make al decisions within 20 working days, including in cases where we
need to consider where the public interest lies in respect of a request for exempt
information. Your request, however, raises complex public interest considerations which
must be analysed before we can come to a decision on releasing the information.
The exemptions that apply to the information you have requested include, but are not
limited to, Section 42 Legal Professional Privilege and Section 43 Prejudice to
commercial interests (the Department’s or a third party’s). We have gathered al
information within scope of your request and are seeking advice as to whether the above
specified exemptions do indeed apply or not.
Given the above, we need to further extend our response time limit by 10 working days in
order to assess whether the public interest is in withholding the information or disclosing
it. Therefore, we plan to give you a response by 28 May. If there is a need for any further
delay we wil keep you informed.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote
the reference number above in any future communications.
If you are unhappy with the way the Department has handled your request or with the
decisions made in relation to your request you may complain within two calendar months
of the date of this letter by writing to the Department’s FOI Advice Team at:
Sedlescombe Road North
East Sussex TN37 7GA
Please send or copy any fol ow-up correspondence relating to this request to the FOI
Advice Team to help ensure that it receives prompt attention. Please also remember to
quote the reference number above in any future communications.
Please see attached details of DfT’s complaints procedure and your right to complain to
the Information Commissioner.
Your right to complain to DfT and the Information
You have the right to complain 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. In addition a complaint can be made
that DfT has not complied with its FOI publication scheme.
Your complaint wil be acknowledged and you wil be advised of a target date by which to
expect a response. Initially your complaint wil 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 wil automatical y be referred to a senior
independent official who wil conduct a further review. You wil be advised of the outcome
of your complaint and if a decision is taken to disclose information originally withheld this
wil 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