How many animals have been slaughtered during R&D relating to FMD from 1997 to 2010?

Captain Bryn Wayt made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I wish to make a formal application under the FoI Act 2000 to ask:

1. How many animals have been slaughtered as a consequence of R&D work related to FMD during each of the years 1997 through to 2010?

2. What has been the staffing costs of the IAH Pirbright in each of the years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

3. How many staff have been taken on, and how many have left the IAH Pirbright in each of the years 1997, 1998 etc through to 2010?

4. What has been the cost of new equipment bought in each of the years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

5. How many staff were employed at the IAH Pirbright for the year ending 2010?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Capt Bryn Wayt

Thank you for your request for information about the numbers of animals slaughtered during R&D relating to FMD from 1997 to 2010, which we received on 1 June. We have handled your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information that you have requested is not held by Defra.

I can confirm that the information may be held by Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which can be contacted at [email address] or by writing to BBSRC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 1UH. Alternatively, we can transfer your request to BBSRC, but before doing so, we need your permission to notify it of your name and contact details. If you agree to this, please either sign and return to me the declaration at the foot of this letter or email me at the address below, quoting the reference number and date of this letter and stating that you authorize the transfer of your information request.

Regards

Jane Winpenny
Defra Helpline

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Helpline, Defra (CCU),

FAO: Ms Jane WINPENNY

Dear Ms Winpenny,

Thank you very much for trying to help me with the series of questions under the FoI - I'm sorry to have aimed my enquiry at the wrong target, and caused you to waste your precous time!

Please be so kind to accept the FAX'd authority sent today (13.30hrs BST) to your office, that you may re-direct my questions to the BBSRC.

You have been most helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email.

We have a target of replying to emails within 15 working days. If you
need a reply before then, please call the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55
77, or from outside the UK call +44 (0) 20 7238 6951 (Minicom/textphone
for the deaf and hard of hearing: 0845 300 1998).

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) both require that you receive a reply
as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the date of
receipt of your request. This deadline may be extended under certain
limited circumstances.

Regards

Customer Contact Unit

Defra

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Ksymena Okonska (SO),

Reference: FoI- 126

Dear Captain Wayt,

I am writing to confirm that your request under the Freedom of Information
Act that was originally sent to Defra (as below) has been transferred to
BBSRC on Wednesday 22 June 2011 and we are dealing with it under the terms
of Freedom of Information Act.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the
information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

Yours sincerely,

Ksymena Okonska

BBSRC Freedom of Information Officer

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I wish to make a formal application under the FoI Act 2000 to ask:

1. How many animals have been slaughtered as a consequence of R&D
work related to FMD during each of the years 1997 through to 2010?

2. What has been the staffing costs of the IAH Pirbright in each of
the years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

3. How many staff have been taken on, and how many have left the
IAH Pirbright in each of the years 1997, 1998 etc through to 2010?

4. What has been the cost of new equipment bought in each of the
years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

5. How many staff were employed at the IAH Pirbright for the year
ending 2010?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Ksymena Okonska (SO),

Thank you so much for your detailed reply, and for being so kind to transfer the questions to the correct quarter.

I await the final response.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

HQ Foiofficer (SO),

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Dear Captain Wayt,

Please find attached BBSRC's response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act.

Yours sincerely,

Ksymena Okonska

BBSRC Freedom of Information Officer

From: Ksymena Okonska (SO)
Sent: 22 June 2011 12:51
To: [FOI #73541 email]
Subject: Freedom of Information request acknowledgement

Reference: FoI- 126

Dear Captain Wayt,

I am writing to confirm that your request under the Freedom of Information
Act that was originally sent to Defra (as below) has been transferred to
BBSRC on Wednesday 22 June 2011 and we are dealing with it under the terms
of Freedom of Information Act.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the
information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

Yours sincerely,

Ksymena Okonska

BBSRC Freedom of Information Officer

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I wish to make a formal application under the FoI Act 2000 to ask:

1. How many animals have been slaughtered as a consequence of R&D
work related to FMD during each of the years 1997 through to 2010?

2. What has been the staffing costs of the IAH Pirbright in each of
the years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

3. How many staff have been taken on, and how many have left the
IAH Pirbright in each of the years 1997, 1998 etc through to 2010?

4. What has been the cost of new equipment bought in each of the
years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

5. How many staff were employed at the IAH Pirbright for the year
ending 2010?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear HQ Foiofficer (SO),

FAO: Ksymena Okonska (SO)

Your Ref: FoI Act 2000 number 126

Dear Ms Okonska,

Thank you for your work trying to answer my questions - needless to say, I am not at all happy and I am most disappointed with the very thin 'final response' - it only answers ONE of my questions and ducks the rest.

Somebody, somewhere, is accountable and knows the answers to these very simple questions: I hereby lodge a formal request for an Internal Review to get to the bottom of this, in the hope that it distils some substantial answers to my questions.
I shall not rest until somebody up the supply chain, which is funded by taxpayers like me, delivers the said information in black and white.

HMG and its subsidiary offices are meant to be open, accessible and accountable - the failure to answer ALL my questions shows it is far from that at this point in time.

I shall now copy this letter to my MP, Mr Greg Barker and some others so they too can stand on a lever to open the chest of answers.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Jane Rutherford (SO),

Dear Captain Wayt

Your email below to the BBSRC Freedom of Information Officer has been sent on to me as the Complaints Officer to BBSRC. I will look into this case and inform you of the outcome of my investigations in accordance with the BBSRC Complaints Procedure which can be found on our website at http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/organisation/poli....

Regards

Jane Rutherford

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Jane Rutherford (SO),

I am sorry to have to involve you to try and get me the answers which I sought - but I do really appreciate all you will try and do for me.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Jane Rutherford (SO),

Dear Captain Wayt

I have now had the opportunity to assess the background to your FoI request on information relating to IAH Pirbight. Please note that my response below is based purely on the handling of this request by BBSRC following Defra's transfer of it to BBSRC on 22 June 2011.

As you have been informed BBSRC does not hold the information relating to four of your five questions. The answer to the question that we do hold information for, How may staff were employed at the IAH Pirbright for the year ending 2010, was provided in the letter from the BBSRC Freedom of Information Officer, Miss Ksymena Okonska, dated 12 July 2011.

In my investigation I have had sight of the requests that Miss Okonska has made to both our Finance Group and Human Resources and Corporate Services Group for the details that you required. Using your original questions their responses were as follows:

1. How many animals have been slaughtered as a consequence of R&D
work related to FMD during each of the years 1997 through to 2010?

BBSRC does not hold this information

2. What has been the staffing costs of the IAH Pirbright in each
of the years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

BBSRC holds this information for IAH as a whole, i.e. both the Pirbright and Compton sites. It is therefore not possible to split this information and any attempt to do so would provide an estimate which could not be guaranteed as correct.

3. How many staff have been taken on, and how many have left the
IAH Pirbright in each of the years 1997, 1998 etc through to 2010?

This is as question 2 below. Any response would be an estimate which could not be guaranteed as correct.

4. What has been the cost of new equipment bought in each of the
years 1997, 1998, etc through to 2010?

BBSRC does not hold this information

5. How many staff were employed at the IAH Pirbright for the year
ending 2010?

This question was answered in Miss Okonska's letter.

In occasions where BBSRC does not hold the information we would attempt to direct you to an organisation which does, in this case IAH. However, as outlined in the letter as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity IAH is not recognised as a public authority as so is not covered by the FoI Act. In addition I am assured from looking through the background to this request BBSRC does not hold this information. Your can of course contact IAH for the information that you require, however, as they are not included within the Act there will be no requirement for them to provide it.

If you have any queries on the above please let me know.

Regards

Jane Rutherford

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Jane Rutherford (SO),

Thank you for your time in researching the detail behind my questions and producing reasons why only one could be answered.

As you might expect, it is most disheartening as a mere taxpayer not to get answers relating to where my tax is spent.

HMG is NOT open and honest and conveniently hides facts that any company should be capable of sharing.

Thank you again for giving of your time to try and help me.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Jane Rutherford (SO),

I am out of the office until 26 July 2011. If your email is urgent please resend to my colleague [email address].

Thank you
Jane Rutherford

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