dealings between Climate Change Projects Office and CH4NGE

Waiting for an internal review by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of their handling of this request.

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

I am writing to request information under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000. In
order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as
specifically as possible.

I would appreciate it if you could provide me with details of any
dealings between Climate Change Projects Office and CH4NGE
over three month stretches. I would prefer the most recent first,
then any additional periods up to the limit.

I would be interested in any information held by your organisation
regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify
particular files or documents and that it is the department's
responsibility to provide the information I require. If you need
further clarification, please contact me by e-mail.

I would like to receive the information in hard copy.
If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify
all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I
will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve
the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to
charge excessive fees. If you plan to charge a fee for this
information, I would ask that you pay particular attention to the
ruling on fees made by the Information Tribunal 26 March 2006: Mr
David Markinson v. Information Commissioner.

This decision makes clear that public authorities cannot charge an
unreasonable amount for environmental information. It directed
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council to overturn their
charging structure and adopt instead a price of 10p per photocopied
A4 page. Section A4 of the Tribunal decision states that a public
authority can only exceed the guide price if it can demonstrate a
good reason for doing so, and in considering whether any such
reason exists the public authority should:
(i) take due regard of the guidance set out in the Code of Practice
on the discharge of the obligations of public authorities under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Guidance to the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, both published by
DEFRA, to the effect that any charge should be at a level that does
not exceed the cost of producing the copies;
(ii) disregard any costs, including staff costs, associated with
the maintenance of the information in question or its
identification or extraction from storage; and
(iii) disregard any factors beyond the number and size of sheets to
be copied, in particular, the real or perceived significance of the
content, or the effect that any charging structure may have on the
Council's revenue or its staff workload.
I look forward to your response within the 20-working-day time
limit, and would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that
you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,
Rory Cassidy.

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 10/0211

Dear Mr Cassidy,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 5
February. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official to
deal with.

Best wishes,
Kay

Kay Wilson | Freedom of Information Advisor | Information Rights Unit |
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills | Bay 351, 66-74 Victoria
Street, London, SW1E 6SW | [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 -
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Dear FOI Requests,

I have yet to receive a reply to my request, by law I should have received the information around a month ago.

Yours sincerely,

Rory Cassidy