Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I wish to request to see the information collected as part of the investigation into Lambeths libraries which commenced in April 2016.

I also wish to see any correspondence between DCMS and Lambeth Council, specifically to or from current & former Lambeth Cabinet members with responsibility for libraries, Cllr Jane Edbrooke and Cllr Jack Hopkins, as well as to or from Council Leader Lib Peck, relating to the investigation and Lambeth's library provision responsibilities under the 1964 Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Rymer

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Information Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
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FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Rymer

Thank you for your information request of 15 January as outlined below.

We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

We can confirm that DCMS holds information within the scope of your
request. However, we have determined that some of this information may be
exempt from release under section 35 (formulation of government policy) of
the Act. This is a qualified exemption and, as such, it is necessary to
carry out a public interest test to consider whether, in all the
circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

By virtue of section 10(3) of the Act, where public authorities have to
carry out a public interest test, they do not have to comply with the
request until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances. Due to the
need to consider 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 immediately. However, we hope to let you
have a substantive response to your request by 13 March.

Yours sincerely

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Rymer,

Thank you for your information request of 16 January. You asked:

“I wish to request to see the information collected as part of the
investigation into Lambeths libraries which commenced in April 2016.

I also wish to see any correspondence between DCMS and Lambeth Council,
specifically to or from current & former Lambeth Cabinet members with
responsibility for libraries, Cllr Jane Edbrooke and Cllr Jack Hopkins, as
well as to or from Council Leader Lib Peck, relating to the investigation
and Lambeth's library provision responsibilities under the 1964 Public
Libraries & Museums Act 1964.”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).  We regret that we are unable to respond to your request under
section 14 of the Act.  ICO guidance recognises that, in cases where the
cost and resources required to review and remove any exempt information
are likely to be so great as to place an organisation under a grossly
oppressive burden, the exemption at Section 14 may be engaged.

 

This exemption applies because to provide the information you have
requested would impose an oppressive burden on the organisation and its
staff. ICO guidance recognises that, in cases where the cost and resources
required to review and remove any exempt information are likely to be so
great as to place an organisation under a grossly oppressive burden, the
exemption at Section 14 may be engaged.  Whilst it may be possible to
gather the information requested within the cost limit set by the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and fees)
Regulations 2000, we estimate that the information requested amounts to
several hundreds of pages of information as well as over 400 emails. These
contain a significant amount of information which would need to be
withheld and redacted.

 

You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope in order to
bring it within the appropriate limit.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

[1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

 

Complaints and comments

As is customary in our replies, I would like to explain that if you are
dissatisfied with any aspect of our response to your request for
information and/or wish to appeal against information being withheld from
you please send full details within two calendar months of the date of
this email to:  [2][email address]

 

You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to
investigate any aspect of your complaint. Please note that the ICO is
likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted
before beginning his investigation.

 

References

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Dear FOI Mailbox,
I would be happy to amend my request in order to make it more manageable:
- I would be happy only to request emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck regarding the investigation, especially correspondence with Simon Richardson, DCMS Head of Libraries.
- With regard to the other aspect of my request, I would be happy to restrict this to information pertaining to the Carnegie, Minet and Tate South Lambeth libraries in Lambeth.

I trust this will reduce the time taken to process the relevant information. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have further questions or queries
Yours sincerely,
Ben Rymer

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Rymer,

Thank you for your information request of 16 March. You said:

“I would be happy to amend my request in order to make it more manageable:
I would be happy only to request emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck regarding
the investigation, especially correspondence with Simon Richardson, DCMS
Head of Libraries. With regard to the other aspect of my request, I would
be happy to restrict this to information pertaining to the Carnegie, Minet
and Tate South Lambeth libraries in Lambeth. I trust this will reduce the
time taken to process the relevant information. Please don't hesitate to
contact me should you have further questions or queries.”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).
We regret that we are unable to respond to your request under section 14
of the Act.  ICO guidance recognises that, in cases where the cost and
resources required to review and remove any exempt information are likely
to be so great as to place an organisation under a grossly oppressive
burden, the exemption at Section 14 may be engaged.

 

This exemption applies because to provide the information you have
requested would impose an oppressive burden on the organisation and its
staff. ICO guidance recognises that, in cases where the cost and resources
required to review and remove any exempt information are likely to be so
great as to place an organisation under a grossly oppressive burden, the
exemption at Section 14 may be engaged.  Whilst it may be possible to
gather the information requested within the cost limit set by the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and fees)
Regulations 2000, we estimate that the information requested amounts to
several hundreds of pages of information as well as over 400 emails. These
contain a significant amount of information which would need to be
withheld and redacted.

 

You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope and for example
only seeking information specifically from council officials or by setting
a shorter time period.  

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

[1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

 

Complaints and comments

As is customary in our replies, I would like to explain that if you are
dissatisfied with any aspect of our response to your request for
information and/or wish to appeal against information being withheld from
you please send full details within two calendar months of the date of
this email to:  [2][email address]

 

You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to
investigate any aspect of your complaint. Please note that the ICO is
likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted
before beginning an investigation.

References

Visible links
1. http://www.gov.uk/dcms
2. mailto:[email address]

Dear FOI Mailbox,
As suggested, I would be happy to limit my request to reduce the burden of work involved in collating the information. Therefore, please supply only emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck and Simon Richardson, DCMS Head of Libraries regarding the investigation sent or received from March 2016-May 2016 and from February 2017-April 2017.
Yours sincerely,
Ben Rymer

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Thank you for your email which is now being dealt with by the Freedom of
Information Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 
You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
days of receipt.
  

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

Dear Mr Rymer,

Thank you for your information request of 14 April. This follows your two
previous requests of 15 January and 16 March. Those requests were as
follows:

15 January - I wish to request to see the information collected as part of
the investigation into Lambeths libraries which commenced in April 2016.

I also wish to see any correspondence between DCMS and Lambeth Council,
specifically to or from current & former Lambeth Cabinet members with
responsibility for libraries, Cllr Jane Edbrooke and Cllr Jack Hopkins, as
well as to or from Council Leader Lib Peck, relating to the investigation
and Lambeth's library provision responsibilities under the 1964 Public
Libraries & Museums Act 1964.

16 March - I would be happy to amend my request in order to make it more
manageable:

- I would be happy only to request emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck regarding
the investigation, especially correspondence with Simon Richardson, DCMS
Head of Libraries.
- With regard to the other aspect of my request, I would be happy to
restrict this to information pertaining to the Carnegie, Minet and Tate
South Lambeth libraries in Lambeth.

As suggested, I would be happy to limit my request to reduce the burden of
work involved in collating the information.  Therefore, please supply only
emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck and Simon Richardson, DCMS Head of Libraries
regarding the investigation sent or received from March 2016-May 2016 and
from February 2017-April 2017.

We dealt with your requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act). We were unable to respond to your request under section 14 of the
Act.  ICO guidance recognises that, in cases where the cost and resources
required to review and remove any exempt information are likely to be so
great as to place an organisation under a grossly oppressive burden, the
exemption at Section 14 may be engaged.  

On 14 April you wrote:

As suggested, I would be happy to limit my request to reduce the burden of
work involved in collating the information.  Therefore, please supply only
emails to/from Cllr Lib Peck and Simon Richardson, DCMS Head of Libraries
regarding the investigation sent or received from March 2016-May 2016 and
from February 2017-April 2017.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). The department does not hold information in scope of your
request.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

[1]www.gov.uk/dcms

 

 

Complaints and comments

As is customary in our replies, I would like to explain that if you are
dissatisfied with any aspect of our response to your request for
information and/or wish to appeal against information being withheld from
you please send full details within two calendar months of the date of
this email to:  [2][email address]

 

You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to
investigate any aspect of your complaint. Please note that the ICO is
likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted
before beginning his investigation.

 

 

References

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1. http://www.gov.uk/dcms
2. mailto:[email address]

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