Dear Department for Transport,

For the last 5 calendar years, please send me in an excel format records of all fires & spills.

From where was the information below obtained? I am seeking the source and the data.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the Department for Transport, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL16041):
The number of fires and spillages on the Strategic Road Network since the formation of Highways England are as follows:
Financial Year Incident Type
Spillage Fire
FY 2015-16 3,346 2,364
FY 2016-17 3,429 2,660
FY 2017-18 3,860 2,816
FY 2018-19 3,562 3,105
Grand Total 14,197 10,945

Yours faithfully,

Olivia Taylor

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Ms Taylor

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 25 June 2019.

 

Information relating to fires and spills for the last 5 calendar years is
held by Highways England and therefore you should submit a request for
information to that department. You can make a request for information to
Highways England via the following link:  [1][email address]

 

With regards to the Parliamentary Question answered by Baroness Vere, the
information for this question was supplied by Highways England.

 

Kind regards

 

 

[2][IMG]          Deepak Patel 
Freedom of Information Adviser, Group Assurance 

4/32, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR          
[3]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

 

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Dear Department for Transport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Fires & Spills'.

Could I request you review the response I received from Highways England.
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...
Highways England Company Limited wrote 28 June 2019

Thank you for your enquiry of 25 June 2019 concerning Fires and Spills.

In your enquiry you asked where we obtained the information in response to your request from, where the information that Baroness Vere of Norbiton (DfT) provided was obtained and why do they differ.

The information that was provided to you as part of response 765,667 was obtained from Highways England’s incident management system(s) which records incidents Highways England have been made aware of or have had involvement in.

In reference to your second question about where the information the Baroness provided was obtained I will have to refer you to the Department for Transport, as they will be able to provide you with the answer as to where the Baroness obtained the information she provided in response to parliamentary question (HL16041).

Therefore, please contact the Department for Transport on [email address] in relation to this question.

In reference to your third question about why the data in 765,667 differs to that which you received in response to the parliamentary question (PQ) the reason the data appears to differ is likely for the following reason.

Your initial request to Highways England about Fires and Spills was received in August 2018 and asked for the data for the last 5 calendar years, therefore in response 765,667 the data that was provided was from the start January 2013 to the end of December 2017 as these were the last 5 full calendar years data that was held at this time. The question that you appear to have asked in the PQ is for data on Fire and Spills since the formation of Highways England which was in 2015. The data has also been provided in the financial years rather than calendar years so the dates run from the start of April to the end of March, rather than the January to December dates provided in 765,667. Therefore, as the PQ response provides data from in financial years from April 2015 and runs up to the end of the 2018/19 financial year and our response under 765,667 runs in calendar years from 2013 to 2017 the two datasets will not look the same due the differences described here.

I am seeking all information about the figures and response. I also wish to be provided the exchanges between your Authorities about the information requests.

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,

Olivia Taylor

Department for Transport

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0017582.

You request for an Internal Review into Highways England's handling of the
FOI you submitted must be directed to that department. The Department for
Transport are unable to conduct a review into another Government
Department's handling of a request.

We have, however, registered as an FOI your request for information
relating to the figures about the response provided by the Baroness and
also your request to be provided with copies of the exchanges between the
Department for Transport and Highways England relating to your requests
for information.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Governance Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Stephen Shuster, Department for Transport

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Dear Olivia Taylor

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request of the 2nd July 2019. Please see attached our reply.

Strategic Roads, Economics & Statistics, Department for Transport

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Dear Stephen Shuster,

I can neither compare like with like nor understand the figures as they do not harmonize. I am seeking commentary.

Yours sincerely,

Olivia Taylor

Dear Department for Transport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Fires & Spills'.

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,

Olivia Taylor

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Ms Taylor

 

Thank you for your email dated 21 November 2019, within which you have
requested an Internal Review.  

 

The Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice, which underpins the
Freedom of Information Act, does make it clear that it is usual practice
for public authorities to accept a request for an Internal Review made
within 40 working days from the date a public authority has issued an
initial response to a request. You will have noted from the response that
was issued to you on 30 July that it wa smade clear that any request for
an Internal Review should be submitted within two calendar months. We are
therefore not obliged to accept your request for an Internal Review. The
only option now available to you is to submit a fresh request for
information to the Department for Transport.

 

I appreciate that this is proabably not the answer you were expecting, but
I hope this helps clarify matters.

 

Kind regards

 

 

[1][IMG]          Deepak Patel 
Freedom of Information Adviser, Group Assurance 

4/32, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR          
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

 

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Dear FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT,

For the last 5 calendar years, please send me in an excel format records of all fires & spills.

From where was the information below obtained? I am seeking the source and the data.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the Department for Transport, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL16041):
The number of fires and spillages on the Strategic Road Network since the formation of Highways England are as follows:
Financial Year Incident Type
Spillage Fire
FY 2015-16 3,346 2,364
FY 2016-17 3,429 2,660
FY 2017-18 3,860 2,816
FY 2018-19 3,562 3,105
Grand Total 14,197 10,945

How and why do the figures differ so much?

Yours faithfully,

Olivia Taylor

Department for Transport

Dear Olivia Taylor,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0018055.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Governance Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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RIS Correspondence, Department for Transport

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Dear Ms Taylor,

 

Please see attached our response to your recent FOI request.

 

Kind regards,

 

[1][IMG]          Serumun Biam 
Ministerial Correspondence Lead, Corporate Support
Team, Strategic Roads, Economics & Statistics 

2/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR  

07971 146113
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

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Dear RIS Correspondence,

Parliamentary question HL16041 and why the figures differ so much.

What information do you possess about fire and spill numbers, increase and attention?

Yours sincerely,

Olivia Taylor

RIS Correspondence, Department for Transport

Dear Ms Taylor,

Thank you for your follow up query regarding our response to your FOI request.

As our last response said, we do not hold any information that falls in scope of your request. You specifically asked where the information relating to the Parliamentary Question on the subject matter was obtained - this information was provided by Highways England.

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards,

Serumun Biam | Ministerial Correspondence Lead, Corporate Support Team, Strategic Roads, Economics & Statistics, Department for Transport
2/15 | | 07971 146113

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