AR4 ZODs

David Holland made this Freedom of Information request to Meteorological Office

The request was refused by Meteorological Office.

From: David Holland

Dear Meteorological Office,

Please supply me with electronic copies of all the 'Zero Order
Drafts' also referred to as the ZODs, of the 2007 Fourth Assessment
Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change, or IPCC
AR4 for short, held by the Met Office.

Yours sincerely,

David Holland

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Dear Mr Holland,

Please accept this as acknowledgement of your enquiry dated 1 August 2013.

Under the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004,
you will receive our response within a period of 20 working days from the
date it was received within the Met Office.

You should therefore expect to receive our response by 30 August 2013.

 

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From: David Holland

Dear FOImanager,

You state, “However, when an exception applies to the information
and the public interest test has to be conducted, the EIR allow the
time for response to be longer than 20 working days.” Where in the
EIR does it say that? I object most strongly to your unjustified
delay.

If you are thinking of regulation 7, it relates to the “complexity
and volume of the information requested” not the complexity of your
arguments for refusal. In any case those arguments were
exhaustively examined by the Tribunal in EA/2012/0193. The
unanimous views of the tribunal in respect of the this request
could not have been clearer than stated in paragraphs 79-81. I have
appended them below. If you have decided to ignore this Tribunal,
as you are entitled to, you will have plenty of time to develop
your new arguments for the Commisioner.

EA/2012/0193 Paragraphs 79 - 81
“79. The position would likely be different if disclosure was
sought after the publication of the final report. We note that the
Commissioner likewise took into account the timing of the request
and the specific impact disclosure would have while the IPCC fifth
assessment process was on-going (paragraph 27 of the Decision
Notice). The evidence is that after the final report is published,
all drafts, except for the ZODs are made available to the public.
We note that IPCC’s own policy documents do not distinguish between
ZODs and other drafts and there appears to be no clear policy nor a
clear rationale for why the ZODs are not published at that time.
Certainly, once the final report is published, any concerns about
misuse of the ZODs or the information being taken out of context,
falls away, as does, in our view, the concern about scientists new
to the assessment report process having a safe space in which to
develop their views without being held to account for views that
are still in progress. At the point at which the assessment report
is published, the FODs and SODs become available to the pubic and
they are able to assess the robustness of the final report.
Publication of the ZODS at the same time would have the effect,
therefore, of promoting the public interest considerations in
favour of disclosure as identified above, without compromising, to
any significant extent, the concerns about disclosure relied on by
the respondent.

“80. What it would not do is to allow the public to put forward
their views while the report is in draft stage and therefore, to
influence the final report. However, we bear in mind that they can
do so in relation to the FODs. Any person can declare themselves an
expert and comment on the FODs. To the extent that there is a
public interest in such contributions being made, we consider that
that can reasonably be met through that process.

!81. Although on the evidence before us, we consider that the
public interest balance would favour disclosure after the final
report is published, that can be no more than an indication. It is
not within in our jurisdiction to order disclosure at any future
date. We can only consider the circumstances as at the date of the
request. Disclosure at a later date, would have to be subject to a
request at that time and would have to be considered in light of
the evidence and circumstances at that time. Given that we are not
yet at that stage, our decision can only be in relation to
disclosure as at the date of the request, ie, before the
publication of the final report. In that regard, and on a balance
of probabilities, and for the reasons given, we find that the
public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public
interest in disclosure.”

Yours sincerely,

David Holland

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Dear Mr Holland,

Please find attached a letter in response to your request for information

Kind regards
FOI Manager

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Email: [email address]

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From: David Holland

Dear Meteorological Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Meteorological
Office's handling of my FOI request 'AR4 ZODs'.

At the time of AR4, 2002 to 2007, the IPCC decision that you are
now relying upon had never been suggested or agreed. The only IPCC
settled view at that time was that the working groups were required
to operate in an open and transparent basis and the participants
could have had no proper expectation of confidentiality. In April
2002 your former Chief Executive, Sir John Houghton stated on the
public record of the Royal Society of Chemistry that the IPCC
process was required to be completely open and transparent. The
Climategate emails show that in 2008 efforts at the IPCC failed to
get AR4 WGI correspondence considered confidential. Even now the
2011 decision that you rely upon states that the drafts are
confidential only until the acceptance of the report, which in this
case was May 2007.

As stated in my request, the Tribunal ruling EA/2012/0193, in
paragraphs 79 – 81, gave the clearest guidance that it would have
ordered the release of the ZODs in that case if it were considering
the appeal in circumstances as exist in this case. I believe
therefore that refusal will fail at appeal and urge that you spare
the public purse the cost of a complaint to the Information
Commissioner and any possible appeal. Such complaint if needed will
include a complaint that the extra 20 days you took was improper as
your grounds for refusal are an almost exact meme of the pleadings
in EA/2012/0193.

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,

David Holland

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Dear David,

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I have forwarded your enquiry on to our FOI (freedom of Information) team
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Kind regards

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Dear Mr Holland,

 

Please find attached a letter acknowledging your request for an internal
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Dear Mr Holland,

 

Please find attached a letter in response to your recent request for an
internal review

 

Kind regards

FOI Manager

Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter EX1 3PB United Kingdom
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