Hammond Visit to Kings Cross briefing, advice, lines to take

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william perrin

Dear Department for Transport,

The Secretary of State visited King's Cross station on 20 May 2010 for a ceremony on Network Rail's new 'Platform Zero'.

I request under the Freedom of Information Act copies of all briefing, advice lines to take etc provided for the Sectretary of State, his accompanying offical party and the press office.

I also request copies that DfT may hold of correspondence between officials and Ministers of the Department and Network Rail preparing for and related to the visit.

There is strong public interest in the community around Kings Cross about the state of affairs with regard to Platform Zero/Y and Eastern Range. These projects are badly managed, over budget and act against the local community interest. see http://www.kingscrossenvironment.com/201...

Preparation for the Secretary of State's visit will have set out the latest position and history and there is a strong public interest in releasing it to hold public expenditure to account.

Arguments of commercial confidentiality cannot apply given that there have already been substantial FOI disclosures on the costs of the project (see my former requests that have been largely met).

Arguments of exemptions under advice to Ministers are nugatory - there were no policy decisions to make here - it was a simple meet and greet visit. This was an event publicised to the press on property owned by a semi public company.

Arguments that this should wait until FOI comes to Network Rail are nugatory - i am asking DFT, not Network Rail, i might ask them in due course.

Yours faithfully,

william perrin

Lara Bolch, Department for Transport

Dear Mr Perrin

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which has been allocated reference number P0006631. A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Department for Transport
Information Rights Unit
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Mark Livock, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Perrin;

Please find attached our reply to your Freedom of Information Act request
dated 5 July 2010.

Kind regards;

Mark Livock

Principal Sponsor, London Projects

Tel.: 0207 944 6869

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Mark Livock, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Perrin;

Please find attached our reply to your Freedom of Information Act request
dated 5 July 2010.

Kind regards;

Mark Livock

Principal Sponsor, London Projects

Tel.: 0207 944 6869

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Lara Bolch, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Perrin

Hopefully you are now able to read these attachments?

Regards.

Lara

Lara Bolch

Information Rights Unit

Department for Transport

D/04 Ashdown House Hastings

(0207 944) 8445

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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Detailed blog post about this matter:

http://www.kingscrossaccess.com/2010/08/...

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