Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0EU
Ms Gemma Stirling
By email to: email@example.com
3 July 2023
Dear Ms Stirling, Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1458018
Thank you for your request dated 5 June to the Department of Health and Social Care
(DHSC), a copy of which can be found in the accompanying annex.
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
DHSC holds information relevant to your request.
We have found one relevant WhatsApp chat group and details can be found in the table
below. Please note that, as we cannot provide a list of all groups without it exceeding the
cost limit, we have limited the scope to DHSC business-related groups that are specifically
about Test and Trace only as you have requested.
WhatsApp chat name
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Freedom of Information Team email@example.com
From: Gemma Stirling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 05 June 2023 17:44
To: FreedomofInformation <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Test and trace WhatsApp
Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Thank you for this and I appreciate you explaining this to me.
I would like a list of the names of all WhatsApp groups Matt Hancock was a member of
and the names of the other participants. These groups must be business related groups
and not personal. Where a title exists this must be provided.
If an entire list is not possible (irrelevant of subject matter) then please limit the request to
only those which are track and trace if it helps keep the request within the 18 hours limit.