Communications Between BIS and the Post Office Regarding the Sacking of Second Sight

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

In March 2015, Post Office terminated the contract of Second Sight, a company of independent forensic accountants tasked with investigating its Horizon IT system. They had been brought in as part of the Post Office’s mediation scheme with ex-Sub-postmasters which had been established at the behest of MPs.

Please can you disclose all communications between the Department for BIS and the Post Office from February 2015 in which the reasons for sacking Second Sight were given, as well as Post Office’s explanation for ending the mediation scheme.

Yours sincerely

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2021/14842

Dear Ms Shaikh

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Dear Ms Shaikh

 

 

Please find attached a response to your recent information request,
reference FOI2021/14842.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
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Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights & Records Unit

 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Upper Ground

1 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0ET

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thankyou for your response of 6th July to my FOI request FOI2021/14842.

I would be most grateful if you would release the communications of March 2015 to which you refer. Please include both those which BIS received from, and sent to, the Post Office.

If the time allocation allows, please send any other correspondence between the department and POL regarding the sacking of, and reports of, Second Sight.

Yours sincerely
Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2021/17183

Dear Ms Shaikh

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 7th July.
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 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and
we will reply at the latest by 4th August.

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] |

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Ms Shaikh

 

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to
you. Unfortunately, this request has taken longer than we would have liked
to administer.

 

Attached is a response to your information request, reference
FOI2021/17183.

 

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.

 

 

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,

Thank you for your response of 1 September 2021 to my FOI request 2021/17183. On your advice, I am refining the scope of my request.

Evidence submitted by BEIS to the 2020 BEIS Select Committee states that in August 2015:

‘The Post Office Minister meets with POL to discuss the Complaint Review and Mediation Scheme, Second Sight reports and POL’s approach to addressing issues raised about the Horizon system’
https://committees.parliament.uk/written...

I would be most grateful if you would disclose minutes of this meeting.

Yours sincerely,
Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2021/20849

Dear Ms Shaikh

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 2nd
September. 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 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and
we will reply at the latest by 30th September.

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] |

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Ms Shaikh

Please find attached the response to your request for information, our reference FOI2021/20849.

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 communication.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights and Records Unit

[BEIS request email]
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