Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I would like to ask for information and data regarding the
methodology and reliability, validity and robustness of the hair
test conducted during the survey on badger numbers in 2013, and how reported tampering of said tests will affect your badger cull protocol.

Yours faithfully
Nicki Rawson

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Dear TBADMIN (FFG),

You have not responded to my FOI request.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...
You stated in your automated response that;

"If, for any reason, we are unable to meet
this deadline, we will keep you fully informed of the reasons for this."

You have not informed me of a reason for the delay.
I remind you that you should have responded by 17th June 2013. Please respond to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Nicki Rawson

TBADMIN (FFG), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear TBADMIN (FFG),

I resquested that this information request be transferred to FERA on 25.06.13. You have not confirmed that this has been done. Please confirm that the request has now been transferred.

Yours sincerely,

Nicki Rawson

Dear TBADMIN (FFG),

I authorised you to transfer my request to the AHVLA on 25.6.13.

I have not yet received a reply. Enclosed is your response from the internal review. Please respond to my request.

T: 08459 33 55 77
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Our ref: RFI 5505
Date: 16 July 2013
Dear Ms Rawson
INTERNAL REVIEW: Badger cull hair tests
I am writing in response to your of e-mail of 25 June 2013 in which you asked for an internal review of the handling of your request about badger cull hair tests. This request was handled under the the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Your complaint was on the basis that the response was overdue and not received within the statutory time limit. In accordance with Defra’s internal review procedures, your case has been reviewed by the Information Standards Team, in discussion with colleagues who handled your original request. I have considered your appeal and in my view you have justifiable grounds for complaint.
Just to clarify the timing for responding to EIR requests and as explained in the acknowledgement you received on 6 June, the Regulations allow for up to 20 working days for a response to be sent by the public body. The date of receipt must be a working day and the deadline is calculated as the 20th working day after that first working day. I understand that your initial request was received on the 19 May, which was a Sunday, so the date of receipt was therefore Monday 20 May. As the response was sent on 18 June, and the time period also included the Spring Bank Holiday on 27 May, technically the response was therefore sent within the statutory time limit.
However, Fera is legally part of Defra and has the same obligations as the core Department when dealing with access to information requests. Your request should have been transferred onto Fera in a more timely manner; this is not the standard Defra aspires to. In addition as an internal transfer, the exception that was quoted was relied on incorrectly. I would like to apologise on behalf of Defra particularly for the delay in service you received on this occasion.
At the same time, I would like to reassure you and address your concern that you are being victimised in your search for information. Defra takes its obligations under the EIRs and the Freedom of Information Act extremely seriously and that requests are dealt with on a case by case basis and requestors are treated equally.
I hope this reply satisfactorily answers your concerns. However, if you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx
Yours sincerely,
By e-mail
Mike Kaye
Head of Information Standards

Yours sincerely,

Nicki Rawson

TBADMIN (FFG), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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