Correspondence to Clearing House in 2019

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Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

FoI request: Please kindly provide a copy of all email communications from your office to the Cabinet Clearing House in 2019. They don't need to be in any particular order. We understand you will need to remove email addresses and staff names but this won't cost more than £600 to do.

Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[1][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[2]@dcms   [3]/dcmsgovuk | [4]www.gov.uk/dcms

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FOI Team,

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Dear Amanda Hart

The date that the response is due for your request, FOI2021/06900, has
been changed to 27th May. A letter explaining this is attached.

Kind Regards

Freedom of Information Team,

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence to Clearing House in 2019'. Ref FOI2021/06900.

We note your request of 28th April asking for more time to consider PIT. This has now expired. In any case an extension beyond the additional 20 days you asked for is reserved only for exceptional cases and this is not one of them.

It is the Information Commissioner who recommends internal reviews are requested when authorities fail to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. They state it is your chance to report on what went wrong and they see it as your opportunity to set things right.

You are under no legal obligation to complete an internal review, but it is considered 'good practice' to do so as it will help you to avoid further breaches. Should you inform us that you are not completing one, or claim there "is nothing to review", there is no further legal requirement for us to wait any longer. Be advised we would then pass the matter directly to the Information Commissioner.

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,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[1][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[2]@dcms   [3]/dcmsgovuk | [4]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Send to ICO if no valid response by 27th July 2021

FOI Team,

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Our Ref: FOI2021/06900

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.

Kind regards,

Ministerial Support Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence to Clearing House in 2019' ref ​FOI2021 06900.

Regarding your letter dated 13th July 2021.

Point 1.
Once you have asked for additional time to consider the Public Interest Test it can only be used to consider the Public Interest. It is not there to use as a delay tactic so you can consider outside reasons to refuse the request. Such reasons can only be considered within the first twenty working days of the request.

Point 2.
You are not the only department we requested this information from so we have had an opportunity to observe how others handled this matter. What we have seen is departments refuse within twenty working days on the basis of costs grounds - which we consider them entitled to do as they explained how long it would take them to gather the information. You could and should have done the same as you would have been entitled to do that. You then should have asked us to narrow the request so that it would fall within the costs limit.

Point 3.
The fact you have chosen to squander time in this way is unacceptable and you as a public authority funded by the taxpayer should really know better than to operate in such a way.

Point 4.
'Burdensome' requests are not automatically vexatious. Vexatious means created to cause annoyance. Granted you may not like the request as we seek to expose wrongdoing but that is not the same thing and I can assure you the Information Commissioner will not consider attempts to undermine the Freedom of Information Act a frivolous matter.

Point 5.
As you examine the above points you should come to the conclusion that your findings were wrongly placed.

Having accepted you should have refused on costs grounds (outlined in point 2) you should be asking us to narrow the request to fall within the cost limit. In response to that we ask that you kindly provide the first 20 email communications that you come to in 2019 that were sent to and received from the Cabinet Office Clearing House.

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,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
  

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[1][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[2]@dcms   [3]/dcmsgovuk | [4]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Update ICO if no internal review by 8th Sept 2021.

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Reported to ICO

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Our Ref: IR2021/16853

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.

Kind regards,

Ministerial Support Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear FOI Team,

We thank you for providing an internal review (ref IR2021 16853) into ref FOI2021 06900. We would like to submit a fresh request based upon our point 5 and your internal review.

FoI request: Please kindly provide a copy of the first 20 email communications that you come to in 2019 that were sent to and received from the Cabinet Office Clearing House. We accept that some content may need to be redacted.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Our ref: FOI2021/17280

Dear Amanda Hart,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 24th
September. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore reply at the latest by 22nd
October.

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

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence to Clearing House in 2019' ref FOI2021/17280 dated 24th September 2021.

We understand there may be a delay in providing this information but as there have been no changes to the time limits at which we can request an internal review it must therefore be entered today.

You have breached Section 10 of the FoIA.
Section 10 of the Act sets out the time frames within which a public authority must respond to an FOIA request.

* It applies whenever the public authority has:
- a duty under section 1(1)(a) confirm or deny whether the information is held;
- a duty under section 1(1)(b) to provide information that is held to the requester;
- a duty under section 17 to issue a refusal notice explaining why a request has been refused.
* Authorities must respond to requests promptly, and by the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of the request.
* A working day is any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
* Where required, an authority may claim a reasonable extension of time to consider the public interest test. An extension beyond an additional 20 working days should be exceptional.

You are also reminded it is the Information Commissioner who recommends internal reviews are requested when authorities fail to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. They state it is your chance to report on what went wrong and they see it as your opportunity to set things right.

You are under no legal obligation to complete an internal review, but it is considered 'good practice' to do so as it will help you to avoid further breaches. Should you inform us that you are not completing one, or claim there "is nothing to review", there is no further legal requirement for us to wait any longer. Be advised we would then pass the matter directly to the Information Commissioner.

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

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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Inform ICO if no response by 14th Jan 2022

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Passed to ICO today.

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IC-150316-H3W3
Inform ICO if no response by 8th Feb 2022.

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IC-150316-H3W3.
ICO served Decision Notice to DCMS giving them 35 calendar days to comply or face potential Contempt of Court. Inform ICO if no response by 16th March 2022.

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Our Ref: FOI2021/17280

Please see the attached letter from the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.

Kind regards,

Ministerial Support Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dear FOI Team,

Thanks very much for providing the information we asked for in redacted form. While we are satisfied with what you have today provided, it should NOT have reached a stage where you needed to be issued with a Decision Notice (8th February 2022 IC-150316-H3W3) from the ICO warning that you risked potential Contempt of Court for failure to comply.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

FOI Mailbox,

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 
We aim to respond to your request for information request within 20
working days of receipt.
For information on how we process your data, and on your rights, please
consult the department's [1]Personal Information Charter.
Kind regards
Freedom of Information Team,
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Freedom of Information Team

Ministerial Support Team

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ

[2][email address] | 020 7211 6111

[3]@dcms   [4]/dcmsgovuk | [5]www.gov.uk/dcms

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