Farepak/Kleeneze/EHR Grants

Pamela Stoneman made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

As your branch (CIB)has investigated the Farepak/European Home Retail Plc fiasco I am in no doubt you are very familiar with the companies I have mentioned.

I have been told the company received a government grant and now I am seeking clarification of this.

Therefore, I am looking for confirmation of the grant(s) allocated and it's monetary amount.

I would like confirmation of what company was paid a grant - European Home Retail Plc Group or it's former names in previous years - Kleeneze Plc/Farepak Plc. This would include any grants paid to it's subsidiary companies - Farepak Mail Order Ltd, Farepak Ltd or Farepak Food and Gifts Ltd etc.

These grants would have come within the remit of your former department the DTI. Therefore any section within this department that was responsible for grant allocations I am requesting this information from.

I am requesting the individual year a grant was paid. This could mean they received more than one grant.

Information to be included is as follows: -

1) The Group or company within the group the grant(s) were paid to.
2) The monetary amount (stated individually)
3) The specific date of the individual grant paid.
4)... and the total amount of grants given to the group (including subsidiaries)as a whole over the full time period stated below.
5) I'm looking for you to go back as far as 1996/97.

Yours faithfully,

Pamela Stoneman

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 13/1350

Dear Pamela

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 26 September 2013. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be responded to at the latest by 24 October 2013.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET| www.bis.gov.uk

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Dear Ms Stoneman

 

Thank you for your email of 26 September, forwarded to The Insolvency
Service from BIS.

 

The information you have requested is exempt information by virtue of s44
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is therefore refused.

 

Section 44 states:

 

44 Prohibitions on disclosure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Information is exempt information if its disclosure (otherwise than
under this Act) by the public authority holding it—

(a)is prohibited by or under any enactment,

(b)is incompatible with any [[1]F19EU] obligation, or

(c)would constitute or be punishable as a contempt of court.

(2)The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if the confirmation or
denial that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would
(apart from this Act) fall within any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of
subsection (1).

 

The enactment prohibiting this disclosure is Part XIV Companies Act 1985.

 

Specifically s449 states:

 

Such information must not be disclosed unless the disclosure—

(a)is made to a person specified in Schedule 15C, or

(b)is of a description specified in Schedule 15D.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which The Insolvency Service has
dealt with this request you have the right to ask for a review within two
months of the date of this letter. You may do this by writing to FOI/DPA
Team, Technical Section, The Insolvency Service, 1 City Walk, Leeds LS11
9DA,  or by email to:

 

[2][email address]

 

If you disagree with any final decision provided by The Insolvency Service
you may refer this matter to the Information Commissioner. He may be
contacted at ICO, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Generally the Information Commissioner does not accept referrals until a
matter has been fully dealt with through The Insolvency Service’s own
internal complaints procedure as detailed in our leaflet.

 

Details of the services of the Information Commissioner can be found at:

 

[3]www.ico.org.uk

 

I enclose for your further information a link to our leaflet entitled
‘Complaints Procedure’ which provides full details of the internal
procedures available to you in pursuing this matter with The Insolvency
Service. This may be accessed by using the following link:

 

[4]http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/insolvency/...

 

Sincerely

 

FoIA and DPA Compliance Manager | Technical Section | The Insolvency
Service | [5][email address] | 0113 200000 | 3rd Floor, 1 City
Walk, Leeds, LS11 9DA | DX:14079 Leeds Park Square DX  |
[6]www.bis.gov.uk/insolvency

 

From: Pamela Stoneman
[[7]mailto:[FOI #178757 email]]

Sent: 26 September 2013 23:53

To: FOI Requests

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Farepak/Kleeneze/EHR Grants

 

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

 

As your branch (CIB)has investigated the Farepak/European Home Retail
Plc fiasco I am in no doubt you are very familiar with the companies I
have mentioned.

 

I have been told the company received a government grant and now I am
seeking clarification of this.

 

Therefore, I am looking for confirmation of the grant(s) allocated and
it's monetary amount.

 

I would like confirmation of what company was paid a grant - European
Home Retail Plc Group or it's former names in previous years - Kleeneze
Plc/Farepak Plc.  This would include any grants paid to it's subsidiary
companies - Farepak Mail Order Ltd, Farepak Ltd or Farepak Food and
Gifts Ltd etc.

 

These grants would have come within the remit of your former department
the DTI.  Therefore any section within this department that was
responsible for grant allocations I am requesting this information from.

 

I am requesting the individual year a grant was paid. This could mean
they received more than one grant.

 

Information to be included is as follows: -

 

1) The Group or company within the group the grant(s) were paid to.

2) The monetary amount (stated individually)

3) The specific date of the individual grant paid.

4)... and the total amount of grants given to the group (including
subsidiaries)as a whole over the full time period stated below.

5) I'm looking for you to go back as far as 1996/97.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Pamela Stoneman

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Digby | FoIA and DPA Compliance Manager | Technical Section | The
Insolvency Service | [8][email address] | 0113 2006040 |
3rd Floor, 1 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9DA | DX:14079 Leeds Park Square DX 
| [9]www.bis.gov.uk/insolvency

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Dear FOI,

Under no circumstances was I asking my request to be forwarded to the Insolvency Service. I know only too well they can not release the information from the company perspective.

However, my request is for BIS as a grant provider and the relevant department this would concern. Please re-submit the request but this must NOT go to the Insolvency Service.

Yours sincerely,

Pamela Stoneman

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 13/1443
Dear Ms Stoneman
Thank you for your request for information which was received on 15
October 2015 and was passed to us by the Insolvency Service as instructed
in your email dated 14 October 2013. Your request has been passed on to
the appropriate official at the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills to deal with.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 11 November
2013.
If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.
Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills  |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET|
[1]www.gov.uk/bis
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth
 
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Dear Ms Stoneman,
 
Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.
 
Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
 
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET |
[1]www.gov.uk/bis
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth
 
 
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