Analysis of highways maintenance costs

Peter Silverman made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

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Peter Silverman

Dear Department for Transport,

Please refer to page 7 section 11 of the Summary of the National Audit Office's report dated 1th December 2011 entitled “Reducing costs in the Department for Transport” it can be accessed via this link:
http://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads...

It states that “The Department commissioned a bespoke analysis of the relative benefits and costs of national highways maintenance”

Please provide me with an electronic, e.g pdf, copy of this analysis.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

Department for Transport

Dear Mr Silverman,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0011480.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Department for Transport
Information Rights & Records Unit
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Steve Berry, Department for Transport

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Please see the attached reply to your request for information.

 

Regards

 

Steve

 

Steve Berry

Department for Transport

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Peter Silverman

Dear Steve Berry,

The NAO report was dated December 2011. The paragraph describing the report said:

"The Department commissioned a bespoke analysis of the relative benefits and costs of national highways maintenance, as information here was weaker (as previously identified in our 2009 report on Contracting for Highways Maintenance)"!.

Please note "commissioned" is in the past tense.

In your letter of 22nd July you refer to a study commissioned in 2013 implying this was the report I had requested. The two are clearly not the same.

You have therefore failed to comply with FOIA 1(1) by not confirming or denying you hold the information requested and, if so, providing me with a copy within 20 working days.

As this is an irreversible procedural breach I am writing to the Information Commissioner requesting he issues a Decision Notice to this effect.

In the meantime please carry out an internal review of the way you have handled my request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

Steve Berry, Department for Transport

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office on business and will
return on Friday 1st August when I will pick up your email.

 

I will have limited access to emails over the next 48 hours.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steve

 

Steve Berry

LTFGD Division

Department for Transport

 

 

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Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

I have tody written to the ICO pointing out that the DfT have seemingly ignored my request for an internal review

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Silverman

 

You requested an Internal Review of the Department’s handling of your
recent FOI request. An Internal Review was conducted and the findings
communicated on 16 September (see below). Unfortunately, the email appears
to have been sent to an incorrectly copied address, for which I apologise.
I am therefore re-sending the Internal Review response and attachments.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Advice Team

Department for Transport

 

 

Sent: 16 September 2014 10:08
To: '[email address]'
Subject: FOI REQUEST - INTERNAL REVIEW - F0011480

 

Dear Mr Silverman,

 

I apologise for the long delay in providing a further response to you in
respect of your recent FOI request.

 

Please see the attached letter and report as you had originally requested.

 

This now closes down your request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steve

 

Steve Berry

Head, Highways Maintenance, Light Rail and Cableways Branch

Department for Transport

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