Contact details for Dominic Raab MP

Michael Walden made this Freedom of Information request to House of Commons

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Dear House of Commons,

It has recently been reported (http://www.leftfootforward.org/2010/08/t...) that Dominic Raab MP has requested that his Parliament email address be removed from the listing on the Parliament website at http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/dom....

Please provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) The official Parliament email address issued to Dominic Raab MP

2) Copies of any discussions and decisions (email, memo, minutes etc) relating to the removal of this email address from the Parliament website listed above.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days. If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have used.

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request, please contact me via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Walden

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Walden

Thank you for your request for information dated 9 August, received by us on the same day, which is copied below.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case within 20 working days i.e. on or before 7 September.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number quoted in the subject line of this email.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Carpenter
Freedom of Information Assistant

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Walden

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below. In
response to your questions:

1)The official Parliament email address issued to Dominic Raab MP

This information is available in the public domain e.g., in the
publication of the Dods Guide to the General Election 2010 (ISBN-10:
0905702948). As the information you request is reasonably accessible to
you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI
request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the
exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2)(a) of the FOI Act. This
exemption applies even though the information may be accessible only on
payment. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does
not apply.

2) Copies of any discussions and decisions (email, memo, minutes etc)
relating to the removal of this email address from the Parliament website
listed above.

The information held by the House in respect of your request is as
follows:

Email 1: member of House of Commons staff to Dods' staff 16 July2010

Hi

Dominic Raab's office just called. They want to remove the email address
from his profile page completely, as Mr Raab apparently wants people to
contact him either by post or through his blog
([1]http://domraab.blogspot.com/). They're happy to add the address of
his blog to his profile though. Could you do this for me?

Regards,

Email 2: member of House of Commons staff to Dods' staff 16 July 2010

Hi,

I'm sorry to get back in touch with you about this again, but Dominic
Raab's office have been back in touch. They want both the emails removed,
the Constituency and the Westminster email address. At the moment the
Westminster email is still showing. Can you change this - or let me know
why it hasn't been done, so I can explain it to them?

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House
of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for
internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer,
Department of Resources, House of Commons London SW1 OAA or
[2][House of Commons request email] Please ensure that you specify the nature of
your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

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Dear House of Commons,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's handling of my FOI request 'Contact details for Dominic Raab MP'.

In your response you have refused to provide the official Parliament email address issued to Dominic Raab MP stating that it is "available in the public domain" and that it is "reasonably accessible" to me.

I do not believe that your use of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act "Information Reasonably Accessible to the Applicant by Other Means" is correct as this information is not "reasonably accessible" to me due to the significant cost (£125) of the alternative source.

Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 6 from the Information Commissioner's Office (source: http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...) states that:

"There will, of course, be some cases where the fact that there is a charge for information may mean that it is not reasonably accessible by the applicant. For instance, a public authority may be asked for information contained in its annual report. It may not be reasonable to require the applicant to purchase a copy of the report if the request is only for a small amount of the information contained in it."

In this case the "Other Means" you have referred me to is a book that costs £125. This information includes 800 pages of details including details of: The Cabinet, Departmental Ministers, Government Whips, Alphabetical list of Ministers and Whips, Shadow Cabinet(s), Members of Parliament biographies, constituency profile and polling result, New MPs, Defeated MPs, Retired MPs, Women MPs, MPs by Age, MPs by Party, State of the Parties, Share of the Vote, Share of the Vote by Region, Seats which Changed parties, Results in Vulnerable Seats, Notional Constituencies, Seats by % Majority and Seats by % majority by party.

As I have only requested one email address and not 99% of the information available in the suggested book I believe the case described in Guidance No.6 applies.

I would like to draw your attention to guidance published by the
Information Commissioner on conducting FOI internal reviews which
states that you should complete this within 20 working days
(http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...).

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

I look forward to your swift response.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Walden

Michael Walden left an annotation ()

House of Commons has referred me to the "Dods Guide to the General Election 2010" to obtain the official Parliament email address issued to Dominic Raab. This book costs £125 excluding postage and packing.

Details of this book are available at http://www.dodonline.co.uk/engine.asp?sh... and http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?A....

Dr. Geraint Bevan left an annotation ()

Standard format: lastnamefirstinitial@parliament.uk, i.e. raabd@parliament.uk, just in case anyone is wondering

Richard Tebboth left an annotation ()

From:- http://www.domraab.com/dom_s_blog.html
UPDATE I: A number of people have asked whether I reply to constituent emails to my HoC address. Yes, absolutely - and it is very easy to work out an MP's email address (surname, initial, @parliament.uk). For those in any doubt, there is a phone number on my contact pages, so people can obtain it (for major issues I still prefer a letter with full details and address). The reason I stopped formally advertising my actual email address is that the Information Commissioner's Office advised me that, if I do, I am putting it in the public domain and then cannot ask for it to be removed from mass e-distribution lists or automated systems.

UPDATE II: Thanks for the texts, emails and suggestions. I have adopted the best one - an E-contact form that maximises my accessibility to constituents, but does not advertise my email address to lobbyists. I would prefer to publish my email address, as I did until recently. So, I have also written to the Information Commissioner seeking clarification of the right to have an email address removed from the automated devices and distribution lists that lobby groups deploy to send clone emails.

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Walden

Thank you for your email dated 7 September requesting an internal review of Freedom of Information request ref: F10-434, which was received on 7 September.

We will endeavour to respond within 20 working days, i.e. on or before 6 October. However, it may be necessary to extend this deadline by another 20 working days, for example if the review is complicated and requires the assistance of multiple resources,. If this is the case, and your review cannot be completed in the shorter timeframe, we will inform you of this.

If you have any queries about the review, please contact me with the reference in the subject title.

Victoria Carpenter
Freedom of Information assistant

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Michael Walden left an annotation ()

Thanks for the suggestions on Dominic's email address. The purpose of this FOI is to ensure that a taxpayer funded email account that is provided so that constituents can contact him is available for use by those that want it.

We shouldn't have to 'work it out', it should be in the public domain.

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Walden

Please see attached our response to your internal review request F10-434.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

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