BEIS Oversight of Post Office’s High Court Litigation

Eleanor Shaikh made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

On 21st March 2019, Post Office Limited issued an application to recuse Mr Justice Fraser, the High Court Judge presiding over the Group Litigation.

Please can you disclose communications between the Department for BEIS, UKGI and POL in which you were informed of this course of action.

On 9th April 2019, Post Office Limited delivered an appeal against the Judge’s refusal to recuse himself.

Please can you disclose communications between the Department for BEIS, UKGI and POL in which you were informed of this course of action.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2020/37449

Dear Ms Shaikh

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 19th
November. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at
the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to
process.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and we will reply at the latest by 17th December.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights & Records Unit at BEIS. Please remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Information Rights & Records Unit

Information Rights & Records Unit | Department for Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET |
www.gov.uk/beis | [email address] |

Dear FOI Requests,

Please can you explain the reason for the delayed response to my Freedom of Information request to your department (ref: FOI2020/37449) along with details of when I can expect the information requested?

Many thanks,
Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dear Ms Shaikh,

Thank you for your email of 19 December 2020 below regarding your request for information, our ref. FOI2020/37449.

We apologise for the delay in providing our response. This is taking longer to process than we had anticipated. We are processing your request as a matter of importance and are doing all we can to complete and send you our response as soon as possible. We apologise for this delay and any inconvenience this may cause, and hope to be in a position to send you our response soon.

Kind regards,

Information Rights & Records Unit

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET | www.gov.uk/beis | [email address] |

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Dear Ms Shaikh

 

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information, our
reference FOI2020/37449.

 

We apologise for the delay in responding.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights and Records Unit at BEIS.

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights & Records Unit

 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Upper Ground

1 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0ET

[1]www.gov.uk/beis

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

Many thanks for your response to my FOI request 2020/37449, I am most grateful for the documents produced.

Please can you confirm, however, if these represent the entirety of communications between BEIS and UKGI in relation to the recusal and recusal appeal?

My original request was intended to encompass communications between BEIS & UKGI as well as those between BEIS, UKGI & POL.

The document you supply as Annex A suggests the existence of further communication on the matter (‘I’m sure you will hear separately from Tom’).

According to UKGI’s MoU with BEIS, it is precluded from managing any legal claims relating to the Asset. I would therefore expect documentation to evidence that permission was sought by UKGI from BEIS before giving its NED approval to POL’s intention to recuse a High Court Judge.

I would be most grateful if you would release any such further communications which exist.

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS IR ref: IR2021/02737 Original FOI ref: FOI2020/37449

Dear Ms Shaikh

Thank you for your request for an internal review which was received on
14th January. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official
at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to
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should be responded to within 20 working days unless they are complex, in
which case a response should be sent within 40 working days. Please be
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Department aims to respond to requests for internal reviews as quickly as
possible. We hope to be in contact with you again shortly with a decision
on your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights & Records Unit at BEIS. Please remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights & Records Unit

Information Rights & Records Unit | Department for Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET |
www.gov.uk/beis | [email address] |

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 Dear Ms Shaikh,

Please find attached the response to your internal review, our reference IR2021/02737.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information Rights and Records Unit at BEIS.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights and Records Unit

[BEIS request email]
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