Information regarding DR Project terms

The request was refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Over the period 06/04/2018 through to 31/07/2018:

Please disclose all emails received or sent by Phil Gilbert, Disguised Remuneration Project Lead (referenced in the Freedom of Information request below) that contain the term "Make it real" or "Project Roar".

i) Please note that the entire email is to be considered within the scope of this request including emails from other parties forwarded or attached.
ii) Searches are to be case insensitive
iii) Should any clarification be needed or, in the unlikely circumstance that you need to discuss the scope of the request please contact me within the prescribed 2 days for clarification.
If my request is denied in whole or in part I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to your response within 20 working days as outlined by the statute.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Areen Sea on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2019/00708

Dear Mr Sea,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 17th March which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC's obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of FOI Central Team,

By law, I should have received a response to this Freedom of Information request within 20 working days of submission, on the 15/04/2019 at the latest. As HMRC have already missed the statutory deadline I look forward to receiving the answer to my request promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sea

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Revenue and Customs's handling of my FOI request 'Information regarding DR Project terms'.

The Freedom of Information Act Section 10(1) states that an authority must comply with section 1(1) of the Act ‘…promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.’

At the time of writing, it is 28 working days since I made the request. Please review and explain the delay.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Sea on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Dear Mr Sea

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in this email which
should have been sent to yourself prior to 15 April.

I can confirm that HM Revenue and Customs holds information relevant to
your request but I must advise you that I must extend the time limit for
responding to your request.

It may help if I explain that the majority of the information which is
held is done so for the purpose of complying with previous requests under
the FOIA on this matter.

The information is being considered as exempt from disclosure under
section 36 the Act, which relates to information where disclosure would be
likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

Section 36 is subject to a public interest test and HMRC has not yet
reached a decision on whether the balance of the public interest favours
disclosure of this information.

By virtue of section 10(3), when public authorities have to consider the
balance of the public interest in relation to a request, they do not have
to comply with the request until such time as is reasonable in the
circumstances. Owing to the need to consider, in all the circumstances of
the case, where the balance of the public interest lies in relation to
your request, we will not be able to respond to your request in full
within 20 working days.

I hope to provide you with a full response by 17 May 2019 at the latest.

Kind Regards

HMRC Freedom of Information Team on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Sea

I am writing in response to your request for information, received on 17
March 2019.

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team