Advice to Ministers from HS2 Ltd re Rail to Scotland

Paul Thornton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Department for Transport.

Dear Department for Transport,

I note the report in the Scotsman at this link:

It refers to:

“Advice prepared by HS2 Ltd to identify broad options for high
speed and upgraded railways to Scotland has been completed on time
and is now with ministers, who are considering next steps.

“This advice will be published in due course.”

Under the obligations of the Environmental information Regulations
there are no grounds for publication of the advice to be delayed.
Please provide the completed advice "as soon as possible" as
required under the regulations. There are no grounds even to delay
to the 20 day maximum period allowed under the regulations.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Paul Thornton

Department for Transport

Dear Dr Thornton,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0012391.

A response will be issued to you in due course.


Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Information & Security Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Meera Nayyar, Department for Transport

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Dear Dr Thornton,


Thank you for your recent Environmental Information Regulations (2004)
request submitted to the Department for Transport.


Please see attached letter of response. Do let me know if you have any


Kind Regards,


[1][IMG]          Miss Meera Nayyar BSc, MSc, MBPsS
Policy Communications Manager, Communications and

3/13 GMH, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR

020 7944 3494       
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 


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Ms Helen Smart
Department for Transport

Your ref E0012391

Dear Ms Smart,

Thank you for your email of the 5th June 2015 with the accompanying enclosures. I note the decision to withhold the information under EIR 12(4)(d) (unfinished or incomplete information).

I am writing to request an internal review of that decision. I note that 40 days has elapsed since your response so you might seek to prevaricate by treating this as a wholly new request. I would observe that even so, the EIRs require you to respond “as soon as possible” notwithstanding the absolute maximum response time allowed.

I am advised that the validity of your claim is wholly undermined by the quotation you cite from Mr Goodwill in which he is explicit that the advice provided to ministers is complete.

That further or updated information might be published in response to subsequent events or decisions is irrelevant. That would not make the disputed information uncompleted at the time of my request.

I look forward to your prompt provision of the disputed information.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Paul Thornton

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Thank you for your correspondence asking us to conduct an internal review of your request for information made under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I am writing to confirm that the Department will now undertake an internal review of our decision letter.

We aim to respond to your complaint within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about this letter, please feel free to contact me for further help. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Scott  | FOI Advisor, Information and Security Division, Department for Transport 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Dr Thornton

You requested an Internal Review into the Department for Transport's handling of your recent information request. The review has now been completed. Please find attached a letter which sets out the reviewer's findings.

Kind regards

FOI Advice Team
Department for Transport

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