Information on consumer's bills

Andrew Montford made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Energy and Climate Change

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The request was partially successful.

Andrew Montford

Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

In November 2010 Gregory Barker met with the Energy Retail Association to discuss, among other things, information on consumers' bills.

I would like to know what was discussed at this meeting. As a minimum, I would like to receive copies of any minutes kept and correspondence relating to the meeting.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Montford

FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: 11/0851

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Newton Dave (Energy Resilience), Department of Energy and Climate Change

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Dear Mr Mountford,

<<FOI Reference 11 0851.doc>>

Further to your Freedom Of Information request below, please find attached
covering letter and email exchanges.

<<FOI Request - Email exchange 1.docx>> <<FOI Request - Email exchange
2.docx>> <<FOI Request - Email exchange 3.docx>>

Regards,

Dave Newton
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Energy Regulatory Framework
Area 4C
3 Whitehall Place
London
SW1A 2AW

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Dear Dave

Thank you for your response. Could you clarify two things for me:

1. Attachment 1 and attachment 3 appear to be approximately the same document. Could you please check that you have attached the correct docs.

2. I am very surprised that you do not hold any record of the meeting. Could you please clarify slightly - is the meaning of your response that no record was kept of the meeting or are you saying that a record was taken but that DECC no longer holds it.

Many thanks

Andrew Montford

Newton Dave \(Energy Resilience\), Department of Energy and Climate Change

Mr Mountford,

I am very happy to clarify.

1. Yes, attachments 1 and 3 are very similar, as they were two chains of overlapping and interlinked email messages.
2. To be clear, having searched our records and contacted those who attended this meeting we established that no record was kept.

Regards,

Dave Newton
DECC

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Dear Dave,

Thanks for the swift response!

Best,

Andrew Montford

Dear Dave,

I have queried this with an acquaintance who is retired senior civil servant. He is extremely surprised that no record of this kind of meeting was kept.

Would it be possible for you to double-check?

Many thanks,

Andrew Montford

Wallis Ngaio (Energy Markets & Networks), Department of Energy and Climate Change

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Dear Mr Montford,

Please find attached a letter from Dave Newton concerning your Freedom of
Information request. I also attached a copy of the briefing prepared by
officials for the meeting between Gregory Barker MP and the Energy Retail
Association in November 2010.

Mr Newton is currently out of the office until 12 September 2011.

Mrs Ngaio Wallis

DECC

Energy Regulatory Framework

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Wallis Ngaio (Energy Markets & Networks), Department of Energy and Climate Change

2 Attachments

Dear Mr Montford,

Please find attached a letter from Dave Newton concerning your Freedom of
Information request. I also attached a copy of the briefing prepared by
officials for the meeting between Gregory Barker MP and the Energy Retail
Association in November 2010.

Mr Newton is currently out of the office until 12 September 2011.

Mrs Ngaio Wallis

DECC

Energy Regulatory Framework

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.