emails relating to FOI request reference FOI2021/22716

The request was refused by Cabinet Office.

Dear Cabinet Office,

Please provide emails and any messages on other messaging services relating to FOI request reference FOI2021/22716

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Burden

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2021/24435

Dear Arthur Burden,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 29th
December. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 ('the Act').

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore aim to reply at the latest by
28th January.

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

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

This is a simple request and there was no excuse to go to the deadline - you gave yourselves an extra day anyway, as under the Act the deadline was 27 January 2022. You now have 90 minutes left to meet your own deadline, please provide an update *and an explanation* as this will be important should this case be taken to internal review and then to appeal...

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Burden

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

1 Attachment

Dear Arthur Burden,

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request (reference FOI2021/24435).

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Cabinet Office's handling of my FOI request 'emails relating to FOI request reference FOI2021/22716'.

While the substance of your letter is truly worthy of Sir Humphrey, the request was a simple one: for correspondence about the response to a previous FOI request. To 'neither confirm nor deny the existence' of such information, when you have (albeit very slowly) responded to said FOI request, is absurd.

Furthermore, as I have established, section 35(1) does not apply as the original request did not relate to information held regarding the decision of a Minister, and therefore is not valid. I am therefore seeking internal review and I have no doubt that you will eke this request out until the final possible minute, continuing to go completely against the spirit of the Act.

I further wish to complain about the evident practice of waiting to the last possible moment of the last possible day (one day late, in fact, according to my calculations) to answer simple and innocuous FOI requests with meaningless non-answers. Be sure that this will be raised when I appeal to the Commissioner as you seem to be intent on forcing me to do.

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

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Burden

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Dear Arthur Burden,

Thank you for your request for an internal review (reference
IR2022/01834), which was prompted by our response to your request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We shall endeavour to complete the internal review and respond to you
within 20 working days.

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

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

1 Attachment

Dear Arthur Burden,

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
(reference IR2022/01834).

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team