Autumn 2015 MPA report on HS2

Joe Rukin made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

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The request was refused by Department for Transport.

Dear Department for Transport,

If I understand the sequence correctly, the Major Projects Authority produce two annual reports on HS2. I submitted request to you earlier in the year (F0012817) regarding the first one in 2015. This request relates to the second report conducted in 2015.

I would at the very least like to know the latest traffic-light rating given to the HS2 project by the Major Projects Authority, and when this happened. I would also like a copy of this report. Failing this, I wish to know the areas of concern and/or suggested actions which have been recommended.

I make this request under the EIRs. I feel the need to point this out, as despite rulings from the Information Commissioner on cases FER0467548 and FER0536325 submitted by Dr Paul Thornton, which established that MPA reports on HS2 contain environmental information as defined in the EIR.

I sincerely hope you will accept that MPA reports on HS2 are covered by the EIRs and reply accordingly, instead of employing the continual obfuscation I have come to expect when making these requests. I also do not expect a message claiming you do not 'own' the information as has happened in the past, as there is no concept of information “ownership” under the FOIA or the EIRs.

Yours faithfully,

Joe Rukin.

Department for Transport

Dear Joe Rukin,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0013143.

A response will be issued to you in due course.


Ivan Pocock
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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highspeedrail, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Rukin


Thank you for your information request received on 11 December 2015.
Please see attached a response letter.


Many thanks


High Speed Rail Group





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Dear Department for Transport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Autumn 2015 MPA report on HS2'.

I wish to congratulate you for your earlier response which is a masterpiece of prevarication, obfuscation & delay, with a hint of condescending undertones. What has become clear is that in 2015, for reasons unknown, the MPA decided to report not on the HS2 project as a whole, but complete separate reports on the different sections of the project. It would have been simple enough to have made this clear in your response, but instead you decided to insinuate that the MPA produced no reports on HS2 in 2015 at all.

The fact of the matter is that there were reports conducted by the MPA on HS2 and traffic light ratings were assigned, which has been proven by HS2 Ltd themselves who in a report earlier this month, stated Phase 2a has been rated 'amber'. The fact that these reports were not compiled into one overall report or the ratings complied into one overall rating is completely incidental.

It is perfectly clear that if I knew this new approach was in effect, I would have asked specifically for all the reports for all of the different phases relating to HS2, however the clear implication that this was the information I was asking for is unambiguous. I find your response to be symptomatic of the Governmental approach to 'Freedom' of Information; in that the public do not even have enough information to know what are the right questions to ask. Your response did nothing in aid of that respect, as it is only because of the report from HS2 Ltd on Phase 2a that I have realised the project has been split up into sections for purposes of MPA (and from now on IPA) reports.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Joe Rukin

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear Joe Rukin,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your internal review request. You will receive a reply in due course.


Ivan Pocock
FOI Advice Team, Group Commercial Services Directorate

Department for Transport
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA

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Helen Tudor, Department for Transport

Dear Mr Rukin,


Thank you for your email of 19^th January 2016 requesting an internal
review of our response to  your information request of 11 December 2015
(our ref: F0013143).


The review is underway and we had been hoping to reply by 16^th February;
however we find that we need a few more days to respond.


I apologise for any inconvenience caused.  We will be in touch shortly
with the outcome of the review.


Kind regards,


Helen Tudor

HS2 Communications Team | High Speed Rail | Department for Transport
| 3/13 Great Minster House | 33 Horseferry Road | London | SW1P 4DR | 020
7944 2205 | [1][email address]


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highspeedrail, Department for Transport

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Mr Rukin,


Please find attached our response to your request for an independent
review into FOI ref F0013143.


Many thanks,




[1][IMG]          Rachel Hersey 
Head of Engagement and Briefing, HS2 Communications 

3/11-3/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR  

0207 944 2557       
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

My work pattern: Weds - Fri. Job Share Partner: Helen


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