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BVI Commission of Inquiry

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Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,
I should be grateful if you would provide me with the following information concerning the BVI Commission on Inquiry
1 - fees paid and/or to be paid to the Commissioner.
2 - fees paid and/or to be paid to counsel to the inquiry.
3 - fees paid and/or to be paid to the solicitors to the inquiry.
4 - fees paid and/or to be paid to the Secretary to the inquiry.
5 - costs and or fees paid to in investigators, accountants, examiners, transcribers, and any other professionals or others engaged by, or assisting, the inquiry.
6 - travel and accommodation (both housing and office) costs incurred with respect to the inquiry.
6 - per diem sums paid to the Commissioner and/or to
anybody else working with or connected to the inquiry.
7 - administrative and other costs incurred and/or to be incurred with respect to the inquiry.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Information Rights Unit,

Dear Mr Fay

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We received your request on 14th October. It has been assigned a unique
reference number (above). We aim to respond by 11th November.

Please note, however, that reprioritisation of resources due to the
COVID-19 crisis, and measures we are required to take to prevent the
spread of the virus, continue to have an impact on our ability to respond
to all requests within the statutory deadline.

We have significantly reduced on-site working which will mean delays to
responses which require access to paper records.

We are endeavouring to process requests as quickly as possible, and
appreciate your patience at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Fay

Please find attached an interim response to your request, FOI2021/27567,
with a new date that has been changed to 9th December.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's handling of my FOI request 'BVI Commission of note that you have failed to substantively respond to my FOI request within the stipulated time. The reason suggested in the attached letter for the failure is a need to spend further time considering where the public interest lies.
It seems inconceivable that there is any legitimate public interest in not disclosing the information that I have requested. In those circumstances, your response seems to be a delaying tactic designed to suppress that information for as long as possible, and presumably in an attempt to delay any challenge to a refusal to provide that information.
Please confirm by return all and any circumstances that you rely upon to suggest that the public interest test is engaged.
Regards
Michael J Fay

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

Yours faithfully,

Michael J Fay

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

I note that almost 4 weeks have passed since I asked you to inform me as to what public interest is engaged in considering my FoI Request. Unsurprisingly, it appears that you are unable to suggest any public interest that is engaged. In those circumstances, please provide me with the information that I have requested.

Yours faithfully,

Michael J Fay

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Dear Mr Fay,

I attach a copy of the letter we sent to you on 11th November which confirms we hope to have your response with you by 9th December.

The letter explains that we are considering the FOI exemption at section 43 (Commercial Interests). I can confirm your response is going through the final stages of our clearance process and we do hope to be able to issue the response to you by 9 December as previously confirmed.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Information Rights Unit,

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Fay

Please find attached an interim response to your request, FOI2021/27567,
with a new date that has been changed to 12th January.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Fay,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request
FOI2021/27567, received 14th October. Please find our response attached.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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