Head of Private Office
Department for Transport
5/13 Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
Web Site: www.gov.uk
Our Ref: F0017269
15th May 2019
By email: request-563409-
Dear Ms Partridge,
Thank you for your email of 21 March, in which you requested the following information:
“Please kindly provide the Secretary or Minister of State's diary for the date of 19th
The information you have requested is held by the Department. Some of the information
is being withheld under Section 24(1) of the FOI Act, the public interest test and full text of
the exemption is attached at annex A. The Secretary of State for Transport’s diary on the
19th December 2018 was as follows:
09:00 - 09:30 First Group
10:00 - 10:45 Team Meeting
10:45 - 11:15 Grids
11:30 - 12:00 Travel
11:30 - 14:00 Deferred Divisions
12:00 - 12:45 PMQs
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch with Nusrat Ghani
13:30 - 15:00 EU Exit Pre-Christmas Update
15:00 - 15:45 Keith Williams, Rail Review Update
16:00 - 16:30 Jasmine Whitbread, CEO, London First
16:45 - 17:00 Travel
17:00 - 18:00 *withheld under section 24*
18:00 - 18:15 Travel
18:30 - 19:30 Political Ministerial Meeting
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 follow-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 40 working days 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 publication scheme.
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
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
S24 Public interest test
Factors in favour of disclosure:
There is a public interest in open and transparent government.
Factors is favour of withholding:
Releasing details of meetings where matters of National Security are
discussed is not in the public interest.
Although there is a public interest in Government being open and
transparent, it would not be in the public interest to release details of
meetings where National Security is being discussed. The information is
withheld under S24.
Full text of exemption
(1) Information which does not fall within section 23(1) is exempt
information if exemption from section 1(1)(b) is required for the
purpose of safeguarding national security.
(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
exemption from section 1(1)(a) is required for the purpose of
safeguarding national security.
(3) A certificate signed by a Minister of the Crown certifying that
exemption from section 1(1)(b), or from section 1(1)(a) and (b), is, or at
any time was, required for the purpose of safeguarding national
security shall, subject to section 60, be conclusive evidence of that
(4) A certificate under subsection (3) may identify the information to which
it applies by means of a general description and may be expressed to
have prospective effect.