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Freedom of Information Team 
Department of Health and Social Care 
39 Victoria Street 
London SW1H 0EU 
 
www.gov.uk/dhsc 
 
 
Mr John Fried 
By email to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
18 December 2023 
 
Dear Mr Fried
 
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1483592 
 
Thank you for your request dated 28 November to the Department of Health and Social 
Care (DHSC), a copy of which can be found in the accompanying annex. 
 
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).  
 
DHSC holds the information you have requested. However, this information is being 
withheld under section 35(1)(a) of the FOIA (the formulation or development of 
government policy). The report containing the recommendations of the Government 
Champion for Personalised Prevention is under consideration by the Government, and 
releasing it at this time would impede the policy process by revealing live policy 
considerations of the Government. 
 
We are required to assess as objectively as possible whether the balance of the public 
interest favours disclosing or withholding information under section 35 of the FOIA. 
 
DHSC recognises a general public interest in promoting openness and transparency in 
government. However, the purpose of the exemption at section 35 is to protect the internal 
deliberative process as it relates to policy making. In other words, the exemption is 
intended to ensure that the possibility of public exposure does not deter ministers, officials 
and subject experts from full, candid and proper deliberation of policy formulation and 
development, including the exploration of all options, the keeping of detailed records and 
the taking of difficult decisions. Premature disclosure of information protected under 
section 35 could prejudice good working relationships, the perception of civil servants’ 
neutrality and, ultimately, the quality of government, and we have therefore determined 
that the balance of public interest favours withholding this information. 
 
If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to appeal by 
asking for an internal review. This should be sent to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx or 
to the address at the top of this letter and be submitted within two months of the date of 
this letter. 
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communication. 
 
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to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Generally, the ICO cannot make a 
decision unless you have already appealed our original response and received our internal 

 
 
review decision. You should raise your concerns with the ICO within three months of your 
last meaningful contact with us. 
 
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information about making a complaint can be found at https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx 

 
 
Annex 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: John Fried <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx> 
Sent: 28 November 2023 09:57 
To: FreedomofInformation <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx> 
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Deanfield report 
 
Dear Sir or Madam 
 
I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
With reference to the Government Champion for Personalised Prevention's taskforce on 
cardiovascular disease, announced by the Department on 7 March 2023 
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1) Please provide a copy of the “report” 
2) Please provide a copy of the “evidence-based recommendations” 
 
If the Department considers that a Section 22 exemption under the Act applies, please 
indicate the the date or required circumstances for publication of the above documents. 
 
I look forward to your answer within the timelines outlined in the Act. 
 
Yours faithfully, 
 
John Fried