Justification for the decision not to re-open the Gaul Investigation in the light of recent evidence and disclosures

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Following on from my previous request for information and your answer of 18 August 2008, which we consider to be rather inaccurate and incomplete.
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ev...)

In your reply you stated that the Department held no technical justification, recorded in any form, pertaining to the Secretary of State's decision to re-open the Gaul Investigation on the grounds offered by our disclosures and technical arguments.

I would therefore be grateful if you could provide us with a full account of the reasoning (of whatever kind and however held or expressed) behind the Secretary of State's decision not to re-open the Gaul Formal Investigation.

May I repeat that in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act 1985, it is the obligation of the Secretary of State for Transport to consider contesting evidence and decide on a possible re-opening of the investigation on that basis. We have provided ample evidence (including new and important evidence items), which invalidates the conclusions of the 2004 RFI, and we have made a number of disclosures, which clearly indicate that a miscarriage of
justice had occurred.
May I also add that our argumentation was put together by a naval architect, employee of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (an executive agency of the DfT and main source of specialist advice for the Department) who had been personally involved in the research leading to the 2004 inquiry.

Looking forward to your prompt reply, I thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Daniela Drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is to kindly remind you that you have not sent any confirmation of receipt of my Freedom of Information request dated 11 September 2008, as it would be customary and proper.

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Background to this request: http://the-trawler-gaul.blogspot.com/200...

daniela drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

Why is the Department refusing to acknowledge receipt of my FOI request above?

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

daniela drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is to remind you that, once again, you have failed to answer my FOI request above within the prescribed 20 working days, and that you are, therefore, breaking the law.

I would be grateful if you could send me a reply in the very near future.

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

daniela drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

Following on from my FOI request of 11 September 2008 to which the Department has not replied within the 20 working days allowed by law, I am now writing to you to request an internal review.

Grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this communication.

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

Adam Paine, Department for Transport

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Ms Drysdale,

Please find attached response to your FOI request of 11th September. Please accept my apology for the oversight leading to its delay.

Regards,
Adam Paine

0207 944 2637

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daniela drysdale left an annotation ()

Dear Theresa Crossley,

In your reply of 13th October 2008, you advised me that the Department "is preparing a comprehensive statement of the Secretary of State's position on the matter of the Gaul inquiry" and that you expected to send that statement to me "shortly".

As a month has already passed since that announcement, I would be grateful if you could let me know when I should expect that comprehensive statement to be issued.

Many thanks and best regards,

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

Adam Paine, Department for Transport

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Ms Drysdale,

Please find attached further correspondence on this matter.

Regards,
Adam Paine.

020 7944 2637

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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

The final response to this request is combined with this response in another request:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tr...

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