Concerning Powerline Network Adaptors (PLT /PLA)

John Petters made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,
Concerning Powerline Network Adaptors (PLT /PLA)

The Deputy Information Commissioner recently ordered Ofcom to publish a report it had commissioned into PLT under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which it had tried to suppress.
Please supply under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, all documents (including notes, memos, diary entries, e-mails,)
1 referring to or about any test or measurements and results relating to Powerline Network Adaptors PLT / PLA and conformance with EMC Regulations 2006 or other EU or UK directives or regulations or laws?
2 Any information requested by and supplied to PA Consulting for consideration in their report, Ofcom - The Likelihood and Extent of Radio Frequency Interference from In-Home PLT Devices”?

Yours faithfully,

John Petters

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 11/0585

Dear Mr Petters,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 26 April
2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 25 May 2011.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
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Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS Ref: 11/0585

Dear Mr Petters,

Thank you for your e-mail of the 24^th April requesting information
concerning Power Line Equipment and Information requested and supplied to
PA Consulting Group. Please find below the answers to your specific
questions.

Q. Please supply under the Freedom of Information Act and the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, all documents (including
notes, memos, diary entries, e-mails);

1. Referring to or about any test or measurements and results relating to
Power Line Network Adaptors PLT / PLA and conformance with EMC Regulations
2006 or other EU or UK directives or regulations or laws?

2. Any information requested by and supplied to PA Consulting for
consideration in their report, Ofcom - The Likelihood and Extent of Radio
Frequency Interference from In-Home PLT DevicesÂ*?

1. Referring to or about any test or measurements and results relating to
Power line Network Adaptors PLT / PLA and conformance with EMC Regulations
2006 or other EU or UK directives or regulations or laws?

I am sorry, but we are unable to comply with this request as the effort to
administer your request would exceed the limit prescribed by Section 12 of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which makes provision for public
authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing
with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central government
is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person
spending 3.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the
information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

We estimate that it will take us in excess of 3.5 working days to
determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the
information in reference to your request. Your request contained in
question 1 contains no timeframe and therefore searches would have to be
carried out over a number of years. In addition, as your request asks for
Â*all documentsÂ*; we would have to check with any department or unit
who could have had reason to discuss this subject. This, we are satisfied,
would exceed the cost threshold and therefore your request will not be
processed further.

The request contained in question 1 was also considered under the
Environment Information Regulations 2004. We are unable to comply with
this request because it asks for Â*all documentsÂ* and we are of the
opinion that the request for information is formulated in too general a
manner. Exception - Part 3, (12) (4) (c).

However, if you were able to revise your request it will be reconsidered.
When attempting to revise your request you should take into consideration
timeframes and types of documents, or be specific to one group. This may
help you revise your request within the cost threshold. Although we are
happy to consider any request further, there is no guarantee that we will
be able to comply.

2. Any information requested by and supplied to PA Consulting for
consideration in their report, Ofcom - The Likelihood and Extent of Radio
Frequency Interference from In-Home PLT DevicesÂ*?

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was not requested to
supply any information, nor did it supply any information to PA Consulting
Group for the report entitled, Â*The Likelihood and Extent of Radio
Frequency from In-Home PLT Devices, 21 June 2010Â*.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to the Information Rights Unit.

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

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
CommissionerÂ*s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5A

Yours sincerely
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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