Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

C Griffiths made this Freedom of Information request to Land Registry

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Dear Land Registry,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please provide any information that you hold answering to any of the following descriptions:

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.
Yours faithfully,

C Griffiths

Shimmin, Jo, Land Registry

Dear C Griffiths

Thank you for your email dated 7 February 2021 requesting information about HM Land Registry's dealings with Stonewall

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number F210210 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Jo Shimmin
Disclosure Officer

Information Rights Team
Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [email address]
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Chevin, Zak, Land Registry

Dear C Griffiths,

I refer to my email dated 08th February 2021 acknowledging receipt of your Freedom of Information request in which I advised you that a response will be made to your request within 20 working days with a target date being the 05th March 2021.

I regret to inform you that we are unable to comply with your request within the time specified in my email as we need more time to gather the data requested to provide a complete response. In your case we estimate that it will take an additional 10 working days to provide a full response. Therefore, we plan to let you have a response by the 19th March 2021

Please accept our apology for the delay and thank you for your understanding.

Yours Sincerely,

Zak Chevin
Disclosure Officer
Information Rights Team, Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email: [email address]
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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

Dear C Griffiths

 

Thank you for your request to HM Land Registry of 07 February 2021 seeking
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’). I
apologise for the delay in providing a response and appreciate your
patience in this matter. Please see below response to your request:

 

 1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity
Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,”
including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please
redact personal details if necessary.

 

HM Land Registry subscribed to Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme
in financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21. No copy of the application is held
by HM Land Registry. HM Land Registry has not submitted an application to
take part in the Workplace Equality Index in either 2019 or 2020.

 

 2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation
to either application or programme.

 

HM Land Registry confirms that it does hold relevant information which is
within scope of your request. We consider that this information is exempt
from disclosure under section 43(2) of the Act.

 

As section 43(2) is a qualified exemption we are required to carry out a
public interest test; the information can only be withheld if the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosure. In reaching our decision we have considered the following:

 

Reasons in favour of disclosure:

 

o HM Land Registry is committed to openness and transparency in its
commercial activities, to allow for public scrutiny and to demonstrate
that public funds are being used in an efficient and effective way.
o There is public interest in understanding HM Land Registry’s progress
in relation to LGBTQ+ inclusivity.

 

Reasons in favour of withholding the information:

 

o Stonewall have provided this information to HM Land Registry as a
result of paid for membership benefits. To disclose this information
under the Act would be likely to have a detrimental impact on
Stonewall’s commercial revenue as other entities may be less willing
to pay for their services in the future.

 

The Act does not require us to comply with a request where it is not in
the public interest to disclose information. In addition to the
considerations above, the public interest would not be served should third
parties be less willing to engage in programmes to help them improve
LGBTQ+ inclusivity should they feel they could not communicate in a closed
space. We are therefore satisfied that the terms of section 2 of the Act
apply, and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs
the public interest of disclosure.

 

Section 41 of the Act allows that information is exempt from disclosure
where ‘the disclosure of the information to the public…by the public
authority holding it would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by
that or any other person’. Disclosure of the information by HM Land
Registry would give rise to an actionable breach of confidence within the
meaning of section 41 of the Act.

 

 

 3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or
2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you
claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say
in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim
to be entitled to withhold it).

 

There are documents held by HM Land Registry which are in scope of this
part of the request. These will be sent to you in a separate email.

 

Information relating to private individuals has been redacted. This
information is exempt under section 40 (personal information) of the Act,
as the information constitutes third party personal data. Section 40(2)
provides that personal data about third parties is exempt information if
one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) would be satisfied. Under
the Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing
principle contained in UK data protection legislation, where it would be
unfair to that person/is confidential.

 

HM Land Registry confirms that it does hold further information which is
within scope of your request. Other than the information disclosed in this
response and that which is exempt solely under section 41 of the Act (see
below), we consider that this information is exempt from disclosure under
section 43(2) of the Act. For details on application on the public
interest test and further considerations in relation to the information
requested at question 3, please refer to our response to question 2 above.

 

We are satisfied that the terms of section 2 of the Act apply in relation
to this information, and that the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest of disclosure.

 

Section 41 of the Act allows that information is exempt from disclosure
where ‘the disclosure of the information to the public…by the public
authority holding it would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by
that or any other person’. Other than information disclosed in this
response, and any information exempt solely under section 43(2) of the Act
(see above), correspondence with Stonewall falling within the scope of the
request were made in circumstances of confidentiality. Disclosure of this
information by HM Land Registry would give rise to an actionable breach of
confidence within the meaning of section 41 of the Act.

 

 4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out
connected with any of these applications (including any equality
impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the
same kind, if no further assessment was done).

 

No formal Equality Impact Assessment was carried out as part of HM Land
Registry’s decision to subscribe to Stonewall’s Diversity Champions
programme.

 

 

 5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in
2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

 

In 2019 HM Land Registry paid £3,000 to Stonewall.

 

In 2020 HM Land Registry paid £6,418.80 to Stonewall.

 

 6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme
in the future, and if so which.

 

HM Land Registry’s membership with Stonewall expired in February 2021. The
decision on future membership has not yet been made.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

If you are dissatisfied with this response to your request, you may seek
an internal review within two months of the date of our reply. Internal
reviews will be dealt within 20 working days. If at the end of this time
we are unable to respond, we will write to you explaining the reasons and
giving you a new date. If you seek an internal review please write to:

Information Rights Team

Head Office

Trafalgar House

1 Bedford Park

Croydon

CR0 2AQ

Email: [1][Land Registry request email]

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) within
three months of the reply for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by HM
Land Registry. Please see their [2]contact page.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [3][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[4]GOV.UK | [5]@HMLandRegistry| [6]LinkedIn | [7]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
click [8]here

 

HM Land Registry’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.

We check all mail and attachments for known viruses. However, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk. If you have received this email and it was not intended for you, please let us know, then delete it.

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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

5 Attachments

Please find attached documents 1-4 of 16 in relation to your FOI request.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
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Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

1 Attachment

Please find attached further documents in relation to your FOI request.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

Good afternoon,

 

Further to my earlier emails, I appear to be experiencing some technical
difficulties in sending across any further documents. I apologise for this
and I am contacting the relevant services in the organisation to address
this.

 

Please could you advise me which number documents you have received and I
will ensure the rest are sent to you as soon as possible.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
click [6]here

 

HM Land Registry’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.

We check all mail and attachments for known viruses. However, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk. If you have received this email and it was not intended for you, please let us know, then delete it.

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Dear Ms McLellan,

Thank you for the information provided to date. I can confirm I have received document numbers 1 to 5 ( including document 3a).

Yours sincerely,

C Griffiths

McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

Good afternoon,

Thank you for confirming what you have received so far.

The technical issues are still under investigation and I will be in touch as soon as possible to provide the information.

Many thanks,

Amy McLellan
Disclosure Manager

Information Rights Team
Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [email address]
Tel: 0300 006 2651
[mobile number]
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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

1 Attachment

Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached document 6.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
click [6]here

 

HM Land Registry’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.

We check all mail and attachments for known viruses. However, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk. If you have received this email and it was not intended for you, please let us know, then delete it.

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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

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Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached documents 7 and 8.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

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Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached documents 8a and 9a.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
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HM Land Registry’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.

We check all mail and attachments for known viruses. However, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk. If you have received this email and it was not intended for you, please let us know, then delete it.

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McLellan, Amy, Land Registry

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Good afternoon,

 

I now attach the final documents. You should have received 16 documents in
total (1-13 including documents 3a, 8a and 9a).

 

Thank you for your continued patience whilst I resolved the technical
difficulties I had been experiencing.

 

Many thanks,

 

Amy McLellan

Disclosure Manager

 

Information Rights Team

Castle Wharf House, 2 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7AU
Email [1][email address]

Tel: 0300 006 2651

[mobile number]

[2]GOV.UK | [3]@HMLandRegistry| [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook

To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information please
click [6]here

 

HM Land Registry’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.

We check all mail and attachments for known viruses. However, you are advised that you open any attachments at your own risk. If you have received this email and it was not intended for you, please let us know, then delete it.

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To see how HM Land Registry treats your personal information, read our Personal information charter: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land....

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