Dear Home Office,

Please could you send me the appointment letter of Prof Alexis Jay to chair of the IICSA Inquiry and any other letters or evidence of other communications sent from the Home Office to Prof Jay and vice versa since 1 July 2016
Could you also send me a copy of the critique of the Inquiry by Goddard, and when the Home Office recceived a copy.
Could you also send me copy of letters or evidence of any other communications between Goddard and the Home Office since her resignation. This counts Home Secretary as part of the Home Office

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Cathy Fox,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 41016). We will aim to send you a full response by 05/10/16 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

A Callaghan
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Dear FOI Requests,
Further to my request of yesterday (case ref 41016)
I have found this document. I am unsure if this is the 10 page critique I required ( it would help if all this would be readily and easily available on the IICSA website), but in this document from Goddard, she refers to a Report to the Home Secretary, please could you send this to me.
http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidenc...

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

FOI Responses, Home Office

1 Attachment

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

 

Home Office

2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

[1]www.gov.uk/home-office

 

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References

Visible links
1. http://www.gov.uk/home-office

Dear Home Office,
Thankyou for the information on question 1.

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 'IICSA information'.
I asked
"2.Any other letters or evidence of other communications sent from the Home Office to
Prof Jay and vice versa since 1 July 2016.
3.Could you also send me a copy of the critique of the Inquiry by Goddard and when
the Home Office received a copy.
4. Could you also send me copy of letters or evidence of any other communications
between Goddard and the Home Office since her resignation. This counts
Home Secretary as part of the Home Office"

As exemptions are given

section 36(2)(b)(ii),
because disclosure would or would be likely to inhibit the free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation, and the public interest falls in favour of maintaining the exemption

section 36(2)(c),
because disclosure would or would be likely to otherwise prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, and the public interest falls in favour of maintaining the exemption.

In the reply it stated

"These are qualified exemptions, which require us to take into account the balance of the
public interest in withholding or disclosing the information. We fully recognise that there is
a general public interest in transparency and openness and in the setting up of the Inquiry
.
We believe, however, that placing such e-mails in the public domain would result in a high
risk that future discussions would be inhibited and that future candidates may also be
deterred from applying for high profile positions of this nature, thereby inhibiting free and
frank discussion and prejudicing the effective conduct of public affairs. We have concluded that the balance of the public interest lies in maintaining the exemptions and not disclosing
the information"

Please include who is qualified in the authority to make 36b exemption judgements , who made judgment in the foi reply and who is making it for the internal review?

The public interest given is skimpy. I do not consider it is "reasonable" to withold all the information under this exemption for questions 3 or 4. Indeed there is overwhelming public interest in Q3 Goddards critique of the inquiry, and there is no reason to sue S36 in this case
Similarly for Q4 letters between the Home OFfice and Goddard do not seem to come under this exemption either. This is not reasonable and especially so for communication between the Home Secretary and Goddard. It seems as though these commmications are being covered up.
On Q2, whilst some communications may fit within this exemption, it is not reasonable to withhold all the information and communications could be released showing dates, people but some of the messages redacted

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

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Cathy Fox,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case 41016). We will aim to send you a full response by 27/01/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

N McKenzie
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

I have not yet received an Internal Review, despite this being over 2 months. I believe the recommended time period is 20 working days yet I have not had a reply in double that time.
Can you tell me why I have not received a reply and when I will get one. It is unfortunate that the Home Office has a bad reputation, for not only not answering FOI in reasonable time but also covering up child sexual abuse

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI Responses, Home Office

Dear Ms Fox,

 

Thank you for your recent email of 4 March concerning your overdue
internal review.

 

I can confirm that we are very close to completing the review, and at this
stage, I hope to be able to substantively respond within the next week or
so.  In the meantime, if I become aware that it will take considerably
longer than this to reply, I shall write again.  

 

Thank you very much for your patience.

 

Yours sincerely

 

R Taylor

Information Rights Team

HOME OFFICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write again, further to my update email of 7 March.

 

I had hoped to have completed the review by now, so can only apologise for
the continuing delay. We remain, near the very end of the process, and I
am still hopeful that the delay will not be too much longer.  

 

Thank you very much for your continued patience.

 

Yours sincerely

 

R Taylor

Information Rights Team

HOME OFFICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

2 Attachments

Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write further to my earlier (update) emails of 7 and 21 March, and can
now confirm that I have completed the internal review into the handling of
the above-referenced FOI request.  The review itself can be viewed in the
first attachment, with a copy of the original response at Annex A.

 

Yours sincerely

 

R Taylor

Information Rights Team

HOME OFFICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Home Office,

Thank you for your reply.

You also apologised for two documents that should have been provided. These should have been provided by 7 Oct and an apology is not satisfactory when the documents are provided instead at the end of March.
I believe that delay, and this was excessive delay is part of a deliberate policy by the Home Office, used for news management and thus I am placing this on public record.

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

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