Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
Ms Amanda Hart
2 July 2020
Dear Ms Hart, Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1232571
Thank you for your request dated 9 June in which you asked the Department of Health and Social
Care (DHSC): “Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Please kindly provide the assessments provided to the department from scientists depicting the
numbers of lives which could have been saved if a lockdown had been introduced in March 2020
to protect the public from Covid-19. ”
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
I have considered your request for information, but I am unable to answer it without further
clarification. Section 1(3) of the FOIA does not oblige us to answer requests where we require
further clarification to identify and locate the information requested.
So that I provide you with the right information, please can you explain what information you
require. As ‘lockdown’ did occur in March 2020, do you require an estimate of the number of
Covid- related deaths that might have occurred if lockdown had happened before March 2020? On
receipt of this information I will continue to process your request.
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee at this stage that a clarified request will fall within the
FOIA cost limit, or that other exemptions will not apply.
Freedom of Information Officer