Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Under the Environmental Information Regulations I would request the following information please

Advice, reports, emails, letters & research documents sent to the Dept (to civil servants, staff or politicians) from any source in the last 3 years which makes any mention of deforestation having an impact (negative or positive) on flooding.

Any correspondence by gvt officials/ staff and or ministers and MPs on this matter including any yesterday or today in relation to the Guardian article http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree...

Yours faithfully,

P Kenway

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

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·       [5]Waste and recycling

·       [6]Reducing bovine tuberculosis (including information about
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Regards

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Dear Helpline, Defra (CCU),

Please can I have an answer, as required by law? It was due yesterday. Thanks.

Yours sincerely,

P Kenway

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

Thank you for your email which has been received by the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  This is an automatic
response acknowledging receipt of your email; there is no need to reply.

We have a target of replying to emails within 15 working days, however, we
will reply sooner if we can.  If we feel that the issues raised do not
fall within the Department's responsibilities, we will transfer your email
to the relevant government department and ask that they reply to you
directly. 

If you need a quick response, 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).  

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) will receive a
response within 20 workings days after the date of receipt of your
request, subject to this deadline being extended under certain limited
circumstances allowed in the legislation.  If your request is for your own
personal data (i.e. Subject Access Request) under the Data Protection Act
then the deadline is 40 calendar days – although please note that the
deadline will count from the date that Defra receives the £10 fee (if a
fee is required) and/or any further information reasonably required to
locate the information.

The [1]Defra pages on GOV.UK contain a lot of information about Defra’s
work that may be of interest.  Some of the popular pages are:

·       [2]Latest Defra news

·       [3]Flooding and coastal change

·       [4]Travelling with Pets

·       [5]Waste and recycling

·       [6]Reducing bovine tuberculosis (including information about
badger control)

·       [7]Fishing (including Common Fisheries Policy)

·       [8]Animal Welfare in Transport

·      

Regards

Customer Contact Unit

Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
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6. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/r...
7. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/r...
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Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately I have been unable to find your original email, please could you resend it and I will look into getting a response as soon as possible.

Please accept my apologies.

Hester

Defra Helpline

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Dear Helpline, Defra (CCU),

I'm sorry but this is just a totally unacceptable response. This is clearly a request using the whatdotheyknow.com website, that all gvt depts are more than familiar with, and you simply had to go online to look for the original request!

Stalling in this way is an insult and shows your total disregard of the law.

The original request is here:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

I expect a full response from the DEFRA FOI team as a matter of urgency as you are now completely in breach of the regulations.

Yours sincerely,

P Kenway

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

Thank you for your email which has been received by the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  This is an automatic
response acknowledging receipt of your email; there is no need to reply.

We have a target of replying to emails within 15 working days, however, we
will reply sooner if we can.  If we feel that the issues raised do not
fall within the Department's responsibilities, we will transfer your email
to the relevant government department and ask that they reply to you
directly. 

If you need a quick response, 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).  

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) will receive a
response within 20 workings days after the date of receipt of your
request, subject to this deadline being extended under certain limited
circumstances allowed in the legislation.  If your request is for your own
personal data (i.e. Subject Access Request) under the Data Protection Act
then the deadline is 40 calendar days – although please note that the
deadline will count from the date that Defra receives the £10 fee (if a
fee is required) and/or any further information reasonably required to
locate the information.

The [1]Defra pages on GOV.UK contain a lot of information about Defra’s
work that may be of interest.  Some of the popular pages are:

·       [2]Latest Defra news

·       [3]Flooding and coastal change

·       [4]Travelling with Pets

·       [5]Waste and recycling

·       [6]Reducing bovine tuberculosis (including information about
badger control)

·       [7]Fishing (including Common Fisheries Policy)

·       [8]Animal Welfare in Transport

·      

Regards

Customer Contact Unit

Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named recipient only.
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store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
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once it has left our systems.
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References

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5. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/r...
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Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

Our logs show that this request was received by the advertised mail servers for DEFRA as soon as it was sent on 14th January.

Ganesh - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

Mpopo, Kilie (Defra), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear P Kenway,

Thank you for your email.

I would like to apologise for the delay in sending the attached response to you. There seem to have been confusion from our part over who was sending the response to you at the time. We now realise that the response was not sent on time and that we did not realise this to be the case.

I understand that this means we have breached the legislation, and we unreservedly apologise for this error.

Thank you

Kilie

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Dear Mpopo, Kilie (Defra),

Please can I refine my request to bring it within the limit?

Reports & research documents sent to the
Dept (to civil servants, staff or politicians) from any source in the last 12 months which makes mention of deforestation having an impact (negative or positive) on flooding.

Any correspondence by gvt officials/ staff and or ministers and MPs on this matter including any yesterday or today in relation to the
Guardian article.

If you still believe that this is over the limit please explain how you have calculated this and suggest what you can offer within the limit please.

Yours sincerely,

P Kenway

Mpopo, Kilie (Defra), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I am out of the office until 4 March. Please note that your e-mails are
not being diverted and I will only respond on my return. If anything
urgent please contact Carol Tidmarsh ([email address]) or
on 020 7238 6332 or [email address] .Thanks

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
Communications on Defra's computer systems may be monitored and/or
recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other
lawful purposes.

Dear Mpopo, Kilie (Defra),

I'm sorry but people who are dealing with FOI requests should not be putting auto responses on and abdicating responsibility. The Dept needs to answer them on time and not just leave them if you are away.

This request has still not been answered and I intend to now escalate it to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

P Kenway

Mpopo, Kilie (Defra), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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[1]Defra_582_AW    

   

                                                                                                            

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    T:  08459 33 55 77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 [2][Defra request email]

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                             [3]www.gov.uk/defra

 

                                                        

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                    Your ref:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                           Our ref: 6381

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Date: 12 March 2014

 

 

Dear P Kenway,

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION:  IMPACT OF DEFORESTATION ON FLOODING

 

Thank you for your request for information about the Impact of deforestation on flooding which we received on 1 March 2014. We are dealing with your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2000 (EIRs).

 

The EIRs apply to requests for environmental information, which is a broad category of information defined in regulation 2 of the EIRs. Public authorities are required to handle requests for environmental information under the EIRs. They give similar
access rights to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

As required by the legislation, we aim to answer your request within 20 working days from the date we received it i.e. by 28 March 2014. If for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline, we will keep you fully informed of the reasons for this.

 

If you have any queries about this letter and any future correspondences please contact the Flood Management Team: [4][email address]

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Flood management Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mpopo, Kilie (Defra),

Please can I have a response to my request?

Yours sincerely,

P Kenway

Mpopo, Kilie (Defra), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I am out of the office until 25 March. Please note that your e-mails are
not being diverted and I will only respond on my return. If anything
urgent please contact Carol Tidmarsh ([email address]) or
on 020 7238 6332 or [email address] .Thanks

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
Communications on Defra's computer systems may be monitored and/or
recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other
lawful purposes.

Flood Mgt, Programme Support Office (FM), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear P Kenway,

Please see attached the response to your request made under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs).

Kind Regards

The Flood Management Team

Defra

<<RFI 6381 Kenway letter.doc>>

<<Annex A_ Information Disclosed P Kenway RFI 6381.doc>>

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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