Absence of CRT Heritage asset data

Allan Richards made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to the minutes of the Canal and River Trust Quarterly Grant Agreement Meeting
Wednesday 9 December 2020, Section 8 Any Other Business -

CRT sought Defra’s views on a draft letter to the Secretary of State explaining the
absence of Heritage asset data in the required Publication Data in the Annual
Report, which was due to Covid-19 disruption to surveys usually conducted to
collect the data. Defra agreed to respond with any comments in due course.

Action: Defra to provide CRT with comments on the draft Heritage data
letter to the Secretary of State, and then CRT to issue this letter

Please provide a copy of -
- the draft letter
- your comments
- the "final" letter
- any other recorded information related to the above.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Allan Richards,

Thank you for your email which we received on the 24 April requesting
information.

We aim to answer your request no later than 24th May, which is 20 working
days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this deadline
we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Defra Information Rights Team,

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Dear Allan Richards,

Please find attached the response to your request of 24th April for
information on Absence of Canal and River Trust Heritage asset data.

Yours sincerely

Mark Shotton

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Absence of CRT Heritage asset data'.

I refer to the second email in FOI2021 11281 Annex D.pdf.

This has had its date changed from 9 December to 2 December and its attachment removed.

Please provide me with this attachment which is the letter I was requesting (it was the one tabled under AOB at the meeting on 9 December). Please ensure that this document is the format it was transmitted to you (e.g. 'docx')

Please also review your response in full such that I am provided with all the information to which I am entitled.

Finally, please provide copies of any communication with CRT related to this request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Further to my request for an internal review -

The letter from CRT's Chair to the SoS (dated 27 November 2020) which was provided in response to this request appears to have been created a week ago.

With regard to removing names from emails - Sally Randall is the Director of Floods and Water and chaired the meeting on 9 December. I would thus expect her name to appear.

I would ask the reviewing officer to investigate and comment.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details:

·         England: 03000 200301 or [3][email address]

·         Wales: 03003 038268 or [4][email address]

·         Scotland: [5][email address]

 

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns, but
unfortunately we cannot reply to each email individually.

 

Best wishes,

Ministerial Contact Unit

 

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I asked for a review of this request on 18 May 2021.

The Commissioner considers that a reasonable time for completing an internal review is 20 working days from the date of the request for review.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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Wales: 03003 038268 or [5][email address

Scotland: [6][email address

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If you or someone you are contacting us on behalf of are currently at risk
of serious harm or in a life-threatening situation, please contact the
emergency services:  

999 for emergencies  

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111- NHS 

 

Best wishes,  

Ministerial Contact Unit  

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

On 18/5/2021, I wrote requesting an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Absence of CRT Heritage asset data'.

Despite the Information Commissioner suggesting that you should be able to carry out a review within 20 days, I am still waiting for a substantive response.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs.  

Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your
enquiry. 

General enquiries 

We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days where a
response is required, and 20 working days where a case is handled under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  

Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If your enquiry is related to COVID- 19, you may also find the information
you need on GOV.UK
[2]https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
 

Campaigns  

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns but
unfortunately, we cannot reply to each email individually.  

Postal enquiries  

As most of our staff are currently working from home, there may be
significant delays in responding to postal requests. Where possible,
please send your correspondence electronically and include the email
address you wish us to respond to.  

Reporting dead birds 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild
birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra
helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm. 

Further information can be found via the link:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...

Please note, we do not pass on the details of dead bird reports to the
relevant authority, and will not respond to reports sent to this mailbox. 

Notifiable animal diseases 

If you suspect a notifiable animal disease or have animal welfare
concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details: 

England: 03000 200301 or [4][email address

Wales: 03003 038268 or [5][email address

Scotland: [6][email address

Interviews, university work and work experience 

The Department receives many requests for interviews, participation in
university work and work experience. Unfortunately, given resource
constraints and time pressures, we are unable to fulfil such requests and
will not respond to these emails. 

We recommend you visit the GOV.UK website and examine the material
available there. If after having examined this you still have specific,
targeted questions, please let us know and we shall endeavour to answer
them.  

Defra no longer runs a central placement scheme. We now advise all
applicants to write to their local offices requesting a placement as they
are arranged locally between student and prospective line manager:
[7]https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/findin...

Additionally, work experience for 18 to 24 year old’s will be advertised
on the Job Centre Plus website
[8]https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus 

Emergencies  

If you or someone you are contacting us on behalf of are currently at risk
of serious harm or in a life-threatening situation, please contact the
emergency services:  

999 for emergencies  

101 non-emergency police line 

111- NHS 

 

Best wishes,  

Ministerial Contact Unit  

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have
received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy
any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems. Communications on Defra's computer systems
may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the
system and for other lawful purposes.

References

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2. https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
3. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...
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5. mailto:[email address]
6. mailto:[email address]
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Allan Richards left an annotation ()

Today, I made a complaint to the Information Commissioner concerning the lack of a substantive reply to a request for review made on 18 May 2021.

Defra Information Rights Team,

4 Attachments

Dear Allan Richards,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of 18th May for information on Absence of Canal and River Trust Heritage
asset data.

Yours sincerely

Mark Shotton

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to your internal review of today's date. In that review you say -

I have not gone on to review the application of sections 40(2) and 40(3)(A) because this has not been challenged.

This is untrue. On 20 May, I wrote -

With regard to removing names from emails - Sally Randall is the Director of Floods and Water and chaired the meeting on 9 December. I would thus expect her name to appear.

It would appear that you have now also removed the name of Adrian Cooper. Whilst I am happy that you redact names of junior members of staff Can you please provide the emails again without redacting names of Directors and Deputy Directors. Please include Sally Randall's replacement if relevant.

With regard to the email of 02 December 2020 08:45, it reads -

Hi all – please see attached suggested form of letter to the Secretary of State regarding heritagemeasures in the Trust’s 2019/20 Publication Data, which I hope is self-explanatory.Can I suggest we deal with this as AOB at today’s meeting.If we are all happy with the form of letter, we can issue it formally after the meeting ...

You have still not provided an explanation as to the date discrepancy (the meeting was held on 9/12/2020) and lack of attachment.

I look forward to an early reply.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs.  

Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your
enquiry. 

General enquiries 

We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days where a
response is required, and 20 working days where a case is handled under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  

Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If your enquiry is related to COVID- 19, you may also find the information
you need on GOV.UK
[2]https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
 

Campaigns  

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns but
unfortunately, we cannot reply to each email individually.  

Postal enquiries  

As most of our staff are currently working from home, there may be
significant delays in responding to postal requests. Where possible,
please send your correspondence electronically and include the email
address you wish us to respond to.  

Reporting dead birds 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild
birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra
helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm. 

Further information can be found via the link:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...

Please note, we do not pass on the details of dead bird reports to the
relevant authority, and will not respond to reports sent to this mailbox. 

Notifiable animal diseases 

If you suspect a notifiable animal disease or have animal welfare
concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details: 

England: 03000 200301 or [4][email address

Wales: 03003 038268 or [5][email address

Scotland: [6][email address

Interviews, university work and work experience 

The Department receives many requests for interviews, participation in
university work and work experience. Unfortunately, given resource
constraints and time pressures, we are unable to fulfil such requests and
will not respond to these emails. 

We recommend you visit the GOV.UK website and examine the material
available there. If after having examined this you still have specific,
targeted questions, please let us know and we shall endeavour to answer
them.  

Defra no longer runs a central placement scheme. We now advise all
applicants to write to their local offices requesting a placement as they
are arranged locally between student and prospective line manager:
[7]https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/findin...

Additionally, work experience for 18 to 24 year old’s will be advertised
on the Job Centre Plus website
[8]https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus 

Emergencies  

If you or someone you are contacting us on behalf of are currently at risk
of serious harm or in a life-threatening situation, please contact the
emergency services:  

999 for emergencies  

101 non-emergency police line 

111- NHS 

 

Best wishes,  

Ministerial Contact Unit  

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have
received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy
any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems. Communications on Defra's computer systems
may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the
system and for other lawful purposes.

References

Visible links
1. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...
2. https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
3. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[email address]
6. mailto:[email address]
7. https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/findin...
8. https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I am still awaiting a response to the concerns raised on 7 July (see below) -

A full history of this request can be found at -
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to your internal review of today's date. In that review you say -

I have not gone on to review the application of sections 40(2) and 40(3)(A) because this has not been challenged.

This is untrue. On 20 May, I wrote -

With regard to removing names from emails - Sally Randall is the Director of Floods and Water and chaired the meeting on 9 December. I would thus expect her name to appear.

It would appear that you have now also removed the name of Adrian Cooper. Whilst I am happy that you redact names of junior members of staff, can you please provide the emails again without redacting names of Directors and Deputy Directors. Please include Sally Randall's replacement if relevant.

With regard to the email of 02 December 2020 08:45, it reads -

Hi all – please see attached suggested form of letter to the Secretary of State regarding heritage measures in the Trust’s 2019/20 Publication Data, which I hope is self-explanatory.Can I suggest we deal with this as AOB at today’s meeting.If we are all happy with the form of letter, we can issue it formally after the meeting ...

You have still not provided an explanation as to the date discrepancy (the meeting was held on 9/12/2020) and lack of attachment.

I look forward to an early reply.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs.  

Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your
enquiry. 

General enquiries 

We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days where a
response is required, and 20 working days where a case is handled under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  

Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If your enquiry is related to COVID- 19, you may also find the information
you need on GOV.UK
[2]https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
 

Campaigns  

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns but
unfortunately, we cannot reply to each email individually.  

Postal enquiries  

As most of our staff are currently working from home, there may be
significant delays in responding to postal requests. Where possible,
please send your correspondence electronically and include the email
address you wish us to respond to.  

Reporting dead birds 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild
birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra
helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm. 

Further information can be found via the link:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...

Please note, we do not pass on the details of dead bird reports to the
relevant authority, and will not respond to reports sent to this mailbox. 

Notifiable animal diseases 

If you suspect a notifiable animal disease or have animal welfare
concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details: 

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SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Allan Richards,

 

Thank you for your email dated 2 August 2021, we can confirm that the
issue in relation to the date and attachments has been addressed in our
Internal Review response dated 7 July 2021 (our reference IR2021/13168).
We hold no further information on this matter and have nothing further to
add.

 

In relation to sections 40(2) and 40(3)(A), your original Internal Review
did not challenge this point directly, hence why is was not reviewed.
However we did re-send documents to you as attachments to the Internal
Review response where we confirmed these exemptions apply.

 

I can confirm that all names within the documents you have been supplied
with have been correctly redacted in line with junior members of staff,
therefore sections 40(2) and 40(3)(A) of the FOIA are engaged. These
sections exempt personal information from disclosure if that information
relates to someone other than the applicant, and if disclosure of that
information would breach any of the data protection principles in Article
5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I consider that
disclosure of this information is likely to breach the first data
protection principle, which provides that personal data must be processed
lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner. Disclosure would not
constitute 'fair' processing of the personal data because the junior staff
involved would not reasonably expect their names, roles and contact
details to be disclosed in relation to this request for information.

 

Please take the above as a review and confirmation that theses exemptions
are engaged. If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
[1]http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.aspx

 

Kind regards

 

Mr D Lynch

 

Information Rights Team

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

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Dear SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA),

I refer to my request 'Absence of CRT Heritage asset data' made on 24 April 2021. Full details can be found at - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

This request reads -
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to the minutes of the Canal and River Trust Quarterly Grant Agreement Meeting
Wednesday 9 December 2020, Section 8 Any Other Business -

CRT sought Defra’s views on a draft letter to the Secretary of State explaining the
absence of Heritage asset data in the required Publication Data in the Annual
Report, which was due to Covid-19 disruption to surveys usually conducted to
collect the data. Defra agreed to respond with any comments in due course.

Action: Defra to provide CRT with comments on the draft Heritage data
letter to the Secretary of State, and then CRT to issue this letter

Please provide a copy of -
- the draft letter
- your comments
- the "final" letter
- any other recorded information related to the above.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

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The minutes of the subsequent meeting held on 20 April 2021 have very recently been published and, in part, read -

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2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the last meeting held on 9 December 2020 were agreed.
Actions from the last meeting:
....
Defra to provide CRT with comments on the draft Heritage data letter to the
Secretary of State, and then CRT to issue this letter.
Completed.
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The meeting on 19 December 2020 was chaired by Sally Randall (Director) with Adrian Cooper (Deputy Director) present.
The meeting on 20 April 2021 was chaired by Adrian Cooper (Deputy Director) with Georgina Collins (Director) sending her apologies. I understand that Georgina Collins replaced Sally Randal as Director for Floods and Water in February 2021.

A short timeline -

20 April - Meeting confirms that Defra commented on letter and it was issued.
24 April - My Information request regarding letter - asks for Defra comments copy of issued letter
27 April - 11 May - Series of emails between Defra (Adrian Cooper?) and CRT ( Tom Deards) to give the impression that the letter was not commented on or issued. This completely contradicts the minutes of the meeting held just a week before.

I have already made a complaint to the Information Commissioner regarding delay and a second because you are failing to provide me with the information to which I am entitled.

May I ask that you revisit my request of 24 April and answer it again providing all the information including that which you have withheld or altered. Your response should -

- Provide names of Directors and Deputy Directors in emails (in line with your policy)
- Correct the date of one email to the date of the first meeting.
- Provide the attachment to that email (probably a revised draft)
- Include Defra's comments
- Include the letter the final letter to the Secretary of State

If you do this, I will remove the complaint already made.

Alternatively, I would suggest that you provide an explanation as to why the emails of 27 April - 11 May contradict the minutes of a week before.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Allan

 

As the request you refer to is related to a complaint you submitted to the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) we are not able to provide a
response at this time.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[1][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA),

As I am sure you are aware, there is absolutely nothing that prevents you responding.

In the circumstances, I believe the offer that I have made is more than fair.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Richards

We will not be actioning your email below, as it is subject to an ICO complaint (which you raised).

Kind regards

Marie Davies
Information Rights Team
[email address]

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Shotton, Mark, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

1 Attachment

Dear Allan Richards

 

Further to the e-mail below, after reviewing the material closely it
appears that in the copy of the email from Tom Deards of 2 December 2020
at 08:49 provided to you the name of Sally Randall (Director, Floods &
Water) was inadvertently redacted (it appeared twice, shown as redacted
after Adrian Cooper’s name). Please see a copy of the revised Annex D
attached.

 

Apologies for the oversight.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Mark Shotton

Information Rights Team

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

 

From: Defra Information Rights Team <[email address]>
Sent: 17 May 2021 15:29
To: [FOI #750116 email]
Subject: Request response: Absence of Canal and River Trust Heritage asset
data (FOI2021/11281)

 

Dear Allan Richards,

Please find attached the response to your request of 24th April for
information on Absence of Canal and River Trust Heritage asset data.

Yours sincerely

Mark Shotton

Information Rights Team

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Dear Defra

I find your respose divisive as it fails to acknowledge that, on 7 July 2021, a revised response provided me with seven emails where you very deliberately redacted the names of all Defra directors.

Almost eleven months later you have corrected that in respect just two emails out of seven.

For the avoidance of doubt can you please confirm that the directors name you have redacted on the other five emails is Adrian Cooper.

I note that your latest response still fails to address
- the date discrepancy
- why the Cooper/Deards email exchange contradicts meeting minutes.

Regards

Allan Richards

Allan Richards

Dear Defra

Further to my last communication, it would appear that you have only corrected one of seven emails in relation to directors names.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

Allan Richards left an annotation ()

A decision notice has found that Defra has breached the FOIA three times in responding to this request -

" ... As DEFRA did not disclose all the information, to which the complainant was entitled, within 20 working days, it breached section 10 of FOIA in respect of both requests.

As it failed to issue a refusal notice in respect of the Meta-request within 20 working days it also breached section 17 of FOIA when responding to that request."

I have made three complaints during the last 48 hours relating to various aspects of the level of service provided by ICO in relation to its investigation. The Commissioner already accepts that its's decision notice contains two errors of fact.