Abolition of UfI / Learndirect

Michael Walden made this Freedom of Information request to Cabinet Office

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Dear Cabinet Office,

In a press release on 19th July 2010, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced it was abolishing Ufi/learndirect (http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/Detail.asp...).

In response to two FOI requests on 20th August 2010, your department listed Ufi/learndirect as an abolished Quango (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ab... / http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ne...).

However, in interviews Ufi/learndirect claim that they have been included on the list by mistake (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/...).

Please provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) The status of Ufi/learndirect. Is it being abolished or not.
2) Copies of any discussions and decisions (email, memo, minutes etc) relating to the abolition of Ufi/learndirect.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days. If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have used.

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request, please contact me via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Walden

Cabinet Office

Dear Mr Walden,

Thank you for your request below. I have checked with colleagues in the Cabinet office who have advised me that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are more likely to hold this information. I suggest you get in touch with BIS in the first instance, and I attach a contact link for their FOI Team below;


You will need to get in touch with them direct as they are a separate public authority under the Freedom of Information Act. Please get in touch if you have any further queries but I think BIS are best placed to answer your request. I propose to take no further action unless I hear back from you.

Kind regards,

Yasmine Edwards
FOI Team
Cabinet Office

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