Performance, Assurance 020 7035 4848
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
23 January 2020
Dear M Esslemont, Freedom of Information request (our reference: 56231)
I am writing in response to your e-mail dated 16 January. This has been handled as an
internal review (Time Complaint) pertaining to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) dated 31 October 2019.
I have now completed the review; Section 10(1) of the FOIA requires that the Home Office
should have informed you whether the information you requested was held, and if
appropriate, have provided it to you within 20 working days of your request being received.
Section 10(3) of the FOIA requires that the Home Office should have informed you within
this 20 working day period if additional time was required to consider the public interest
considerations affecting the information you have requested. Regrettably, our records
show that neither of these actions were taken in this instance.
I would like to apologise on behalf of the Department for the length of time which it is
taking to provide you with a substantive response to your request. The policy area has
been informed of your concerns and I can confirm that your request remains under active
consideration. Whilst I cannot provide a precise date as to when you will receive a
response, the policy area will reply just as soon as it possibly can.
I can understand your frustration over the continuing delay; your patience is very much
Information Rights Team