BBC Television Licensing No Licence Needed Policy - Unredacted

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear Sir / Madam,

I would like to have an unredacted copy of the document available on your website (TV Licensing trademark) at the following URL:

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/ss/Satellit...

Please explain the need for any redactions as fully as possible; the brief explanation provided in the document is insufficient and does not justify the extensive redactions made to the most significant part of the document.

Yours faithfully,

Philip Edwards

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Edawards

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 24th October 2016. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20161999

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear Mr Edwards,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information
reference RFI20161999.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

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Dear Sir / Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'BBC Television Licensing No Licence Needed Policy - Unredacted'.

When you acknowledged my FOI request you said you would respond "as promptly as possible" and, in any event, within 20 working days. You then responded to my request on the last day of the 20 working days the Freedom of Information Act permits under normal circumstances.

Given it took you this long to respond, it is reasonable to assume that a lot of time and effort went into your response. However, I note that your reasons for refusing my request, in particular the public interest factors for and against disclosure, are completely identical to other responses where you have refused to disclose information under the section 31 “law enforcement” exemption.

This suggests that you have simply paid lip service to your FOI obligations and not properly considered the factors for and against disclosure of the requested information. In particular, the public interest in ensuring that the BBC’s “No Licence Needed” policy, as applied by its subcontractors Capita Business Services Ltd and Proximity London Ltd, is in compliance with the law. This is especially significant considering that there is evidence that the policy may be in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998 and other relevant legislation.

The way you have handled this request shows a worrying disregard of the principles of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in that you:

1) Never actually considered the merits of my request before refusing it in its entirety under the section 31 exemption; and

2) Took 20 working days to send a prewritten section 31 refusal response.

I therefore request that you review your response and that you actually consider the merits of my request and not just send a copy of a template.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Philip Edwards

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Good luck with this one Philip.
Even when the BBC is wrong, it can barely bring itself to admit the fact.
As it goes, on this occasion, the legislation is on their side. Complying on the last day of the 20 working day time limit is within the legislation. Taking 20 days to weigh up an exemption (even if they decided within 1 minute of reading) likewise.

Philip Edwards left an annotation ()

Peter,

I am aware of the BBC's incompetence in almost all of what it does. I don't think we'll ever see this document in any form resembling its unredacted state, even though it's crucial in nailing them to the wall for having a policy of breaking all "No Licence Needed" declarers' Article 8 human rights, among other things.

I don't expect anything of this internal review. If nothing else, it can be another case to bring to the Information Commissioner's Office to get a ruling (which I doubt will go our way).

Philip

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Edwards,

We have received your request for an internal review which was received on 10 December 2016. We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days. If you have any queries please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2016102.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

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Dear Mr Edwards,

 

Please find attached the BBC’s internal review decision concerning your
freedom of information request [IR2016102 / RFI20161999]. 

 

Kind regards,

 

BBC Information Rights

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

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