Gosport Inquiry with reference to prosecution 656 deaths

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Dear Crown Prosecution Service,

On the 12th September Mr. Ferguson wrote in response to my letter..

“We have carefully considered the contents of the report of the Gosport Independent Panel, to see whether there is new material or information that might impact on the original decision. We have concluded that there is no basis for the CPS to reopen the matter and reconsider the previous charging decisions at this stage.”

31st October I responded challenging his irrational decision including a FOI request, please note below.

"In light of your statement that you have considered the contents of the report, under the FOI of information please may I know"?

a) the names of the personnel and/or qualification?
b) the number of persons it took to go through the report?
c) the amount of hours that was spent?
d) the total cost of going through this evidence?

7th November the Serious Crime Department responded

“Dear Ms Reeves
Thank you for your email and attachments of 31 October 2018. These have been forwarded to Frank Ferguson for his attention. A full response will be sent as soon as possible”.

My email/letter of the 31st October fails to address or even acknowledge my FOI request which I find very unprofessional, so therefore I am reminding the CPS again my request of the 31st October 2018.

The CPS have already failed in releasing my DPA now noted in this report which the ICO failed to action at the time. However since the Gosport Independent Panel Report I am sure you will appreciate these 656 cases are now of great "National" importance and our 19year fight for Justice for my Mother Elsie Devine.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Yours sincerly ,

Ann Reeves

Information Management Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Ms Reeves,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request – Ref: 8153

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which we received
on 31 October 2018.

 

The FOI Act is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. This
means that any information disclosed under the FOI Act by definition
becomes available to the wider public.

 

There is a 20 working day limit in which we are required to respond to
requests.

 

The deadline for your request is 28 November 2018.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Information Management Unit

020 3357 0899

[1][CPS request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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Information Management Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Ms Reeves

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request – Ref: 8153

Please see the attached response to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit
020 3357 0899
[CPS request email]

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Dear Information Management Unit,

Thank you for your response and the follow-up email we are most grateful, however it falls short of what one would expect of my request therefore..

1) Please advise of the level of seniority of the individual who reviewed the contents of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation report with a view to further action by the CPS?
Clearly, seniority has a bearing on whether they can be identified and I would appreciate some clarity on this.
I imagine that whoever conducted the review would have been appropriately senior to be assigned to such a momentously important task, given the mass scale of unnatural deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

2) If the CPS has no record of the precise number of hours spent by the assigned individual in reviewing the contents of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation report, please at least advise me of the date when they were assigned the task, and of the date when they completed their review?

3) Please advise of the pay band of the individual assigned to reviewing all the contents of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation report, and what the daily cost of their labour to the CPS might be, including all overheads.

Thank for your assistance
Regards
Ann Reeves

Information Management Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Ms Reeves,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request – Ref: 8223

 

Thank you for your email below which we received on 07 December 2018. This
is being treated as a new Freedom of Information (FOI) request and as such
has a new reference number (Ref: 8223)

 

The FOI Act is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. This
means that any information disclosed under the FOI Act by definition
becomes available to the wider public.

 

There is a 20 working day limit in which we are required to respond to
requests.

 

The deadline for your request is 09 January 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Management Unit

020 3357 0899

[1][CPS request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Information Management Unit,

Thank you for your response and I note you are treating this as a new request..

Regards

Ann Reeves

Information Management Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

2 Attachments

Dear Ms Reeves,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request – Ref: 8223

 

Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Management Unit

020 3357 0899

[1][CPS request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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Ann Reeves left an annotation ()

To assist the Public please note the response below achieved by a member of the Public that the CPS has not reviewed the full documented archives and taken heed to the corruption sighted. Mr. Ferguson misled this family by stating that they had reviewed the Gosport Independent Panel Report and that their was no new evidence to reopen the cases of 656 elderly who died at Gosport.

“1) Did the CPS review all the evidence in the full document archives of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation, or merely the contents of the final report of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation?

By the final report, I refer to this document of June 2018:

https://www.gosportpanel.independent.gov...

2) Has the CPS discovered any new evidence from reviewing either the final report of the Gosport Independent Panel investigation and or the Gosport Independent Panel investigation’s full archive of documents?

If so, please advise what items of new evidence were discovered.

3) Has the CPS sought Counsel’s opinion on the findings of and or all the documentary evidence gathered by the Gosport Independent Panel investigation?

If so, please advise when this took place, who was instructed and what the broad outcome was.”

Response

In response to question one, the CPS has carefully considered the contents of the report of the Gosport Independent Panel to see whether there is new material or information that might impact on the original decision. We have not reviewed the underlying material considered by the panel, and from which the report draws its conclusions.

In response to question two, we have not discovered any new material or information that might impact on the original decision and we have concluded that there is no basis for the CPS to reopen the matter and reconsider the previous charging decisions at this stage.

The CPS are not an investigative body and the Eastern Policing region has been appointed independently to review the case further; this will include an examination of any new underlying material considered or generated by the Gosport Independent Panel when preparing their report. We are in liaison with the police and are providing investigative advice as required. If any new material or information results in a referral to the CPS for a charging decision, we will consider it fully in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

In response to question three, the CPS has not sought Counsel’s opinion on the findings of the Gosport Independent Panel report.

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