Consultation On The Leveson Inquiry And Its Implementation: Foreword By The Culture Secretary And Home Secretary: the facts.

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear Home Office,

In their joint Foreword the Home Secretary and the Culture Secretary said:

A. "Nearly £50 million of public money has so far been spent to ensure that the transgressions of the past cannot be repeated, and that victims of press intrusion have justice."
1. What are the component parts of the 'Nearly £50 million'?
2. How much has been spent on each component part?

B. "We have seen arguably the most significant changes to press self-regulation in decades.”
3. What changes are being referred to and when did they take place?
4. Why were they 'arguably the most significant'?

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Whitmey

Christopher Whitmey left an annotation ()

I've asked the same questions to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

For background from HackedOff see: http://hackinginquiry.org/comment/the-go...

FOI Requests, Home Office

Mr Whitmey,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 41857). We will aim to send you a full response by 13/12/2016 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

J Douglas
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear J Douglas, (apologies but don't know if Mrs, Miss, Ms or Mr)
Thank you for the personal acknowledgement.
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

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Dear Mr Whitmey,

 

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request. 

 

 

 

Kind Regards

 

J. Douglas

 

Information Rights Team

 

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear J Douglas,
Thank you for your letter.
On my question A you ask me to clarify:
1. what you mean by the “component parts of the nearly 50 million”?
If nearly £50 million has been spent then £A.B has been spent on X, £C.D million has been spent on Y, £E.F million has been spent on Z, etc. Nearly £50 million = £A.B + £C.D + £E.F + etc. X, Y, Z, etc. are the heads of expenditure of the component parts.

2. what component parts are you referring too?
As set out in 1 above. The heads, or classes, of expenditure that togther totalled 'nearly £50 million'.

My question B. stands alone from my question A. Please can you explain why I have not received an answer to it within 20 working days?
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

FOI Requests, Home Office

Mr. Whitmey,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 42150). We will aim to send you a full response by 10/01/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear FOI Requests,
With ref to: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...
Please can you explain why it has been given a second case ref. number?
Why my query about my second question B was not referred to in your reply?
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

Christopher Whitmey

Dear FOI Requests,
It is now over 40 working days since my original FOIA request. I have had no response/acknowledgement to my message of 14 December.

If I have not had a substantive reply by 5pm Friday 20 January 2017 I'll refer the matter to the ICO.
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Christopher Whitmey,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request for an update.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 42150). We will aim to send you a full response by 14/02/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

N McKenzie
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Christopher Whitmey left an annotation ()

The above reply is an absolute non sequitor. The previous acknowledgement said "We will aim to send you a full response by 10/01/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request."

Christopher Whitmey

Dear FOI Requests,
Regret to say that I'm much puzzled by your reply. You said, "This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 42150). We will aim to send you a full response by 14/02/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.".
But a previous response unequivocally stated, "This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 42150). We will aim to send you a full response by 10/01/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request."
As I said in my email to which you replied if I do not get a full response by 5pm Friday 20 January 2017 I will refer the matter to the ICO.
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

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Please see attached.

 

Thank you

 

N McKenzie

FOI Team

Home Office

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear Mr McKenzie,
Thank you for your apology for the FOIA failures of the Home Office. However as this request was made on 15 November 2016 I am referring it to the ICO.
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey

Christopher Whitmey left an annotation ()

I thought my original request on 15 November 2016 was qute clear. However the Home Office asked for clarification. This was given. But the Home Office appear to have treated this as a new request. I've emailed the ICO to ask if this is lawful.

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear Home Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Consultation On The Leveson Inquiry And Its Implementation: Foreword By The Culture Secretary And Home Secretary: the facts.'.
You have not answered my second set of questions:
B. "We have seen arguably the most significant changes to press self-regulation in decades.”
3. What changes are being referred to and when did they take place?
4. Why were they 'arguably the most significant'?

I note for my first question you refer me to paragraph ' 60. Given the extent of the criminal investigations and Part 1 of the Inquiry, the implementation of the recommendations following Part 1 including reforms within the police and the press, and the cost to the taxpayer of these investigations (£43.7 million) and of Part 1 (£5.4 million)'.
In passing I merely comment that I have difficulty in seeing how crimininal investigations without implementing the Crime and Courts Act 2013 s.40 will 'ensure that the transgressions of the past cannot be repeated,'

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

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Whitmey

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Dear Mr Whitmey

 

Please find response to your Internal Review attached.

 

Kind regards

 

Home Office

 

 

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear FOI Responses,
Thank you for the Internal Review. I note it is accepted that the Home Office failed to answer my question B submitted on 15 November 2016: over 4 months ago. It is also noted they offer no explanation, let alone an apology, for such a gross failure to meet the statutory FOIA time requirements.
I regret to say that answer given is vacuous and meaningless with the Goverments failure to bring the Crime and Courts Act 2013 s.40 into force .
Until s.40 is brought into force there will be no meaningful "significant changes to press self regulation in decades".
Yours sincerely,

Christopher Whitmey
N.R.E.O.R. (no reply expected or required)

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Christopher Whitmey

Dear Home Office,
Freedom of Information request (our ref: 42150): internal review
Thank you for the Internal Review. I note it is accepted that the Home Office failed to answer my question B submitted on 15 November 2016: over 4 months ago. It is also noted you offer no explanation, let alone an apology, for such a gross failure to meet the statutory FOIA time requirements.
I regret to say that the answer given is vacuous and meaningless with the Government's failure to bring the Crime and Courts Act 2013 s.40 into force .
Until s.40 is brought into force there will be no meaningful "significant changes to press self regulation in decades".
Yours faithfully,

Christopher Whitmey
N.R.E.O.R. (no reply expected or required)

Christopher Whitmey left an annotation ()

On 23 January 2017 above I said I was contacting the ICO asking if it was lawful to treat a clarification as a new request. The answer is 'Yes'. But ICO also said, "contacted the Home Office and asked it to respond to your request ".