Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I read with interest this article on the BBC News web site (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50712509) that tells me about the large Christmas tree that was erected and then removed from outside of New Broadcasting House. Similar articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12...), Daily Mail (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...) and The Sun (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10510884/b...).

Two of the newspapers reported that the tree was removed for security reasons, one for health and safety reasons, but the BBC item is not specific.

I would like to request the following information in accordance with section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1) How much did the tree cost to buy?
2) How much did the tree cost to install?
3) How much did the tree cost to decorate?
4) How much did it cost to have the tree removed?
5) What happened to the decorations?
6) On the basis that the tree was delivered to its location by specialist staff and equipment, why could the tree not have been moved to an alternative location using the same specialist staff and equipment?
7) While not wishing you to disclose security details, in general terms why, if that is indeed the case, was the tree considered to be a security risk?
8) Under which section of the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 did the BBC consider, if that is indeed the case, the tree to be unsafe?
9) Which BBC department decided the tree's location?
10) Which BBC department ordered the tree's removal?
11) How much will purchase, installation and decoration of the replacement tree cost?
12) And finally, please provide an electronic copy of the Risk Assessment(s) relating to the original tree's installation, decoration and removal.

I look forward to receiving and prompt and informative reply.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr A Willmore,

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 9th December 2019.  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 RFI20191994.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

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

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Dear A Willmore,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20191994.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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A Willmore left an annotation ()

Two (6 and 11) out of eleven questions actually answered. Clever use of the derogation though. Is there no limit to their deviousness?