Dear Sir or Madam,
Today it was in the main news that The land registry was closing offices and there would be future redundancies. Please can you tell me for what reason was the announcement made specifically today and why it was delayed for a few days until today. Can you provide a copy of the correspondence from any elected official that stated that the decision was to be made today 22nd October rather than say on the 20th October.
Dear Mr. Hayes
Thank you for your Freedom of information request received on the 22
October 2009 in which you asked for information in regard of Announcements
The Operational Efficiency Programme report published alongside the Budget
on 22 April included a section on Land Registry. It set out the
Government's proposed way forward for the organisation - that it should
remain in the public sector, but develop plans for a major rationalisation
of its operations - and promised a progress report in October. We have
been working since then to develop the detailed proposals for what is now
our Accelerated Transformation Programme, with the aim of meeting that
commitment to report this month. Our original target date was 20 October.
This date was chosen to avoid half term week (week commencing 26 October)
and to allow a few days after the announcement for immediate follow up
communications around the organisation. The choice of that date was a
management decision, not one taken by Ministers.
Given the scale of the changes proposed, the business case (a copy of
which is available on our web site) required the approval of various
stakeholders across Government, including Ministers in the Ministry of
Justice and HM Treasury. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the
approvals process took longer than anticipated. The need to resolve
various last minute queries meant we did not get the final approval
required until the morning of 20 October. Our senior managers were
therefore briefed on 21 October and the announcements were made on 22
October. No elected official approved, or was required to approve, the
timing of the announcement. The timing was, however, co-ordinated in the
normal way with the various Press Offices concerned.
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