Fiona Woolf Letter to Home Secretary

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Dear Home Office,

I understand, from various news reports, that in October 2014 Fiona Woolf (recently resigned as head of the official inquiry into historic child sex abuse) wrote a four page letter to the Home Secretary downplaying her relationship to certain other promitent figures.

I understand she was given advice by the Home Office about the content of her letter. The drafts of the letters have been published by the Home Affairs Select Committee (*)

Keith Vaz MP stated “It is extraordinary that Mrs Woolf did not even write the first draft of her letter which was supposed to detail her own personal experiences".

Please could you disclose to me,

1) on what basis was the Home Office providing gratis secretarial services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf?
2) any correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf concerning the drafting of her recent letter(s)

Yours faithfully,

P. John

(*) http://www.parliament.uk/business/commit...

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Dear FOI Requests,

regarding my FoI request 'Fiona Woolf Letter to Home Secretary', I make it 3 December 2014 today.

WDTK tells me your response was due 28 November. You told me you would respond 2 December. Either way, I have received none of the requested information and you are now breaking the law, again.

Would you like me to engage the ICO FoI complaints handing team, again, or do you plan to respond?

While writing, I'm struggling to recall the last time you met an FoI deadline. Is it possible to recover the associated postage costs from you, given you are now routinely breaking the law?

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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P. John

 

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Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

 

 

 

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Dear Home Office,

With references to FoI 33397, please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Fiona Woolf Letter to Home Secretary'.

In my request I asked you to disclose two things;

1) on what basis was the Home Office providing gratis secretarial
services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf?
2) any correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf
concerning the drafting of her recent letter(s)

Your response does not tell me on what basis the Home Office provided free secretarial services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf. To explain; I recently, sucessfully, applied for a job. I wrote the application letter myself. I suspect that if I phoned the Home Office and told you to write my job application letters for me, you would - politely - tell me where to go. So why was Fiona Woolf given special treatment?

Secondly I asked for the correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf. Your response included none. I would expect that, with each draft, there would be at least a token exchange of correspondence too. Perhaps, "Dear Home Office, Gizza job! Go on, I can do that. Gizza job, but can you write the letter for me, Love Yosser" ... "Dear Fiona, it is our pleasure to write all your letters for you, what do you think of the seventh draft? It took us all day, love Home Office".etc.. Given it seems quite extraordinary that you should provide Ms Woolf with free letter writing services... please could you also disclose the associated correspondence items to me as I requested, to enable me to better understand what you thought you were doing and why.

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

Yours faithfully,

P. John

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Dear Mr P John

 

Please find attached our reply to your time complaint.

 

 

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Dear Home Office,

With reference to FoI 33397, thank you for your note concerning the failure of the Home Office to respond to my request.

Though I finally received a response, it contained none of the information requested, and so I recently asked you to review the response again please... To repeat...

In my request I asked you to disclose two things;

1) on what basis was the Home Office providing gratis secretarial services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf?
2) any correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf concerning the drafting of her recent letter(s)

Your response does not tell me on what basis the Home Office provided free secretarial services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf. To explain; I recently, successfully, applied for a job. I wrote the application letter myself. I suspect that if I phoned the Home Office and told you to write my job application letters for me, you would - politely - tell me where to go. So why was Fiona Woolf given special treatment?

Secondly I asked for the correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf. Your response included none. I would expect that, with each draft, there would be at least a token exchange of correspondence too. Perhaps, "Dear Home Office, Gizza job! Go on, I
can do that. Gizza job, but can you write the letter for me, Love Yosser" ... "Dear Fiona, it is our pleasure to write all your letters for you, what do you think of the seventh draft? It took us all day, love Home Office".etc.. Given it seems quite extraordinary that you should provide Ms Woolf with free letter writing services... please could you also disclose the associated correspondence items to me as I requested, to enable me to better understand what you thought you were doing and why.

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

Yours faithfully,

P. John

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Dear Home Office,

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

Please could you acknowledge my request for an internal review dated 5 December.

See link here,
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

In summary, I received none of the information requested from you in your response.

Yours faithfully,

P. John

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Thank you for your email of 05/12/2014, in which you ask for an internal review of our response to your Freedom of Information request of 33397.

We will aim to send you a full response by 06/01/2015, which is twenty working days from the date when we received your request.

The internal review will be carried out by D.Pottinger. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact them using the above address.

Yours sincerely

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Dear FOI Requests,

on 15 December 2014, concerning my FoI request entitled 'Fiona Woolf Letter to Home Secretary'... you wrote to me saying,

"We will aim to send you a full response by 06/01/2015, which is twenty working days from the date when we received your request".

That date has now passed. Please will you provide me with the information requested promptly, else a complaint to the ICO will follow in 48hrs.

As a reminder, I asked you to disclose,

1) on what basis was the Home Office providing gratis secretarial
services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf?
2) any correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf
concerning the drafting of her recent letter(s)

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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Dear FOI Requests,

An ICO complaint concerning your handling of the request below will now follow, with a request for an FoIA Enforcement notice.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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P. John left an annotation ()

FoIA complaint sent to ICO 29/1/15, by email, to casework@

P. John left an annotation ()

"From: new casework [mailto:██████@ico.org.uk]
Sent: 29 January 2015 14:16
To: Pete
Subject: We have received your email

Thank you for contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office. We confirm that we have received your correspondence.

If you have raised a new information rights concern - we aim to send you an initial response and case reference number within 30 days"

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

So very interested to see how this gets enforced. The Home Office are a law unto themselves. Literally. I am going to private message you to give you some interesting information regarding court procedures against them.

Dear Home Office Auto Responder,

over the last few years, you and I have exchanged many many items of correspondence. When your human colleagues fail to respond in a timely fashion, you are always there. Always waiting. Always willing to reply.

Perhaps because it is Valentines day, I am beginning to think we have developed a special relationship.

So I wrote you poem;

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
What is going on,
Where is my internal review?

Perhaps it needs work.

While we are waiting for your human colleagues to comply with the FOIA, and before I invite you out to dinner, I was wondering if you would mind answering a few easy questions for me?

Please can you reveal to me, what is the purpose of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000?

How long do you think it will it be before your colleagues acknowledge my requests, complete the internal review, and finally provide the information I requested?

What should I do if I have a general immigration enquiry, require an update on a specific case, or even want the Home Office to write my job application letters for me because I'm feeling lazy? Who would you recommend I contact?

Who would normally deal with general enquiries?

With all my love,
Your secret admirer.

PS. Would you like to go out for dinner?

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Dear FOI Requests,

another week goes by, and I still have none of the information first requested from you in November last year:-

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Your immediate remediation would be as much appreciated as it would be a complete surprise. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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Dear FOI Requests,

Please can I have the information items in my FoI request concerning correspondence with Fiona Woolf.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

Another week has passed with none of the requested information being received from you. Consequently you are *breaking the law*, and so subject to an ICO complaint .

Please can I draw your attention to section 77 of the FoIA?

Under that section it is a criminal offence for an individual to block or conceal information that should be disclosed in response to an FoI request.

Yours sincerely,
P. John

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Dear P John,
 
Please find attached response for your FOI request 33397.
 
 
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Dear FOI Requests,

this note received from: please explain, what is it?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

I asked you to conduct an independent internal review on the basis that none of the information requested had been provided to me.

What you have is neither an internal review, nor does it provide the information which is the substance of the complaint.

So, to repeat to you once more.

I asked you to disclose the following information to me:
1) on what basis was the Home Office providing gratis secretarial services and editorial advice to Fiona Woolf?

Please provide me with...
2) any correspondence between the Home Office and Fiona Woolf concerning the drafting of her recent letter(s)

I am not interested in the drafts of that letter. I would like you to disclose the associated correspondence. The correspondence items (letters/emails) from the Home Office to Ms Woolf that accompanied each draft. The correspondence (letter/emails) from Ms Woolf to the Home Office that requested changes to the various drafts.

I believe this information will help me understand the basis on which Home Office staff were writing job application letters for someone who is apparently perfectly capable of lifting a pen to write a job application for herself...

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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Dear P.John,

First, I apologise on behalf of the Department for the length of time which it is taking to provide you with a response to your request fro an Internal Review.

I can assure you that the response is under active consideration and we will respond to you as soon as we are able.

Thank you
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Dear FOI Requests,

Concerning my FoI request below...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Another ten days go by, and I still do not have the information first requested from your in November last year.

I note your most recent email says; "we will respond to you as soon as we are able".

That simply isn't good enough: the law requires you to provide requested information within 20 days. You do not have the luxury of deciding when and if you might bother to furnish a response.

While you keep me waiting, perhaps you could explain to me the reason why you find it impossible to properly comply with the law? Or better still, give me that information without further unnecessary delay.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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Similar request, also unanswered...
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Dear FOI Requests,

well, there goes yet another week.

I imagine you are about to tell me the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to recorded information held by the department.

Also that if I have submitted a valid FoI request, you will acknowledge my request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act.

Which is obviously completely false & untrue.

Please provide me with the information I first requested from you in November last year, for which an internal review remains pending, and for which a concurrent ICO complaint has also been made.

Please do not forget that under section 77 of the FoIA it is a criminal offence for an individual to block or conceal information that should be disclosed in response to an FoI request.

You are breaking the law.

Your's wearily,

P. John

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Dear FOI Requests,

its April. You might recall in November last year, six months ago, I asked you to disclose to me information relating to the appointment of Firona Woolf.

I still have received none of the informaton requested. The internal review I asked you to conduct has not happened. And you are now subject to a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office.

You will find detail of the request here...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW:

Yours sincerely,

P. John

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Mr John

Please find attached a response to your request for an internal review

 

 

 

Information Access Team

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