Contacts from Iain Duncan Smith, his staff and the DWP

Paul Rogerson made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Many people have noted the way the Government's treatment of vulnerable people is given little or no coverage on BBC news programmes.

For instance, 10,600 died within six weeks of being found fit for work by ATOS (that is when the DWP were publishing the figures, which they now refuse to do). Also, many people have committed suicide after having their benefits taken from them, but the BBC hardly reports this either.

People are beginning to wonder if the Government is putting pressure on the BBC not to report such events.

For this reason, I would like the BBC to supply the following information:

(1) The number of times Iain Duncan Smith, or his personal staff, or the DWP, have contacted the BBC since Mr Smith became Secretary Of State For Work And Pensions.

(2) The dates of these contacts.

(3) The method of contact, i.e: telephone call, letter, email.

(4) The contents of each message and its reply, or if this is not possible, the general nature of each message and its reply.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Rogerson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Rogerson

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 21 March 2014. 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 RFI20140484

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Rogerson


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20140484



Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Complaince Team


BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2B6, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK


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Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

Fax: 020 8008 2398






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Paul Rogerson left an annotation ()

The BBC's reply:

"The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes
of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to
you and will not be doing so on this occasion. Part VI of Schedule 1 to FOIA provides that
information held by the BBC and the other public service broadcasters is only covered by the Act
if it is held for ‘purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature”. The BBC is not
required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output or information
that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities.1

The limited application of the Act to public service broadcasters was to protect freedom of
expression and the rights of the media under Article 10 European Convention on Human Rights
(“ECHR”). The BBC, as a media organisation, is under a duty to impart information and ideas on
all matters of public interest and the importance of this function has been recognised by the
European Court of Human Rights. Maintaining our editorial independence is a crucial factor in
enabling the media to fulfil this function.

That said, the BBC makes a huge range of information available about our programmes and
content on We also proactively publish information covered by the Act on our
publication scheme and regularly handle requests for information under the Act."

What a cowardly and dishonest reply. Evidently they don't want the British public to know what a hold our government has over them.