This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Secretary or Minister of State diary 19th December 2018'.


Andy Gregory 
Head of Private Office  
Department for Transport 
5/13 Great Minster House  
 
33 Horseferry Road  
 
LONDON 
 
SW1P 4DR 
 
 
 
Web Site: www.gov.uk   
Our Ref: F0017269 
 
 
 
15th May 2019 
By email: request-563409-
xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx  
 
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 
December 2018.” 
 
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: 
 
Zone D/04 
Ashdown House 
Sedlescombe Road North 
Hastings 
East Sussex TN37 7GA 
E-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx     
 

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. 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
Andy Gregory 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Your right to complain to DfT and the Information 
Commissioner 
 
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 
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  
Wycliffe House  
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Annex A 
 
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.  
 
Decision 
 
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 
 
 
24 
 
National security. 
(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 
fact. 
(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. 

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