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Nicholas Davies

Dear Department for International Trade,

Please can you

1. Confirm whether your organisation applied to be part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in A) 2018 (for 2019), B) 2019 (for 2020) or C) 2021 (for 2022) (NB the index was suspended in 2020/21 because of Covid)

2. Give details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall in 2021 whether or not as payment for goods or services.

3. State whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

If the answer to any part of 1 is yes please supply:

4. Any application you made in 2021 to be included on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

5. Any feedback you received in 2018/19 or 2019/20 or 2021/22 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme. This must include the priorities or objectives written by your organisation’s representative at the end of the feedback form (under the heading ‘Priorities for the year ahead’ in 2019; ‘Your priorities’ in 2020).

EXEMPTIONS?

If your organisation is considering refusing to disclose feedback received as part of the Stonewall scheme by relying on section 41 (confidential information) and/or section 43 (commercial interest) of FOI, please note the recent ICO decisions IC-129040-Y4T2 and IC-125081-Q8J6 which rejected these reasons. Sex Matters has written a short briefing on these two ICO decisions – please see www.sex-matters.org/wp-content/uploads/2...

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Davies

Information Rights Unit, Department for International Trade

DIT ref: FOI2022/03335

Dear Nicholas Davies

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 1st
August. On behalf of the Department for International Trade (DIT) your
request has been passed on to the appropriate official at DIT to process.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and DIT will reply at the latest by 30th August.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights Unit at DIT. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Team | Department for International Trade | Old
Admiralty Building | London | SW1A 2DY

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Information Rights Unit, Department for International Trade

Case Reference: FOI2022/03335

Dear Nicholas Davies,

We can confirm that the Department holds information falling within the
terms of your request. However, we need more time to consider your
request.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 ('the Act') obliges us to respond to
requests promptly and in any case not later than 20 working days after
receiving your request. However, when a 'qualified' exemption applies to
the information and an accompanying public interest test is engaged,
section 10(3) of the Act allows the time for response to be extended, in
which case a full response must be provided within such time as is
reasonable in all circumstances. In the case of this FOI request, we are
considering section XXXXX. However, this is not yet finalised and will be
subject to changes.

The Department has not yet reached a decision on the balance of the public
interest. Due to the need to consider, in all the circumstances of the
case, where the balance of the public interest lies in relation to the
information that you have requested, the Department will not be able to
respond to your request in full within 20 working days.

We hope to let you have a response by 27th September.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | Old Admiralty Building| London SW1A
2DY
| E-mail: FOI [1]@trade.gov.uk

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Dear Nicholas Davies ,

Please find attached a response from the Department for International
Trade to your freedom of information request FOI2022/03335.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit

Department for International Trade | Old Admiralty Building | London |
SW1A 2DY | E-mail: [1][email address]

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