London Office Closures

Paul Norris made this Freedom of Information request to Network Rail Limited

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Network Rail Limited.

Dear Network Rail Limited,

Please may I have a list of the London offices being considered for closure, or that have already been marked for closure which was mentioned in the mass email sent by Mark Carne on 19/10/2015 regarding cost cutting and recruitment freezing.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Norris

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Reference number: FOI2015/01027

Dear Mr Norris

Information request

Your correspondence was received by Network Rail on 20th October 2015. I can confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and in any event by 17th November 2015.

On occasion we may need to consult with third parties about requests, in line with the recommendations in the Code of Practice issued by the then Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please remember to quote your reference number in all future communications.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Peace
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Reference number: FOI2015/01027

Dear Mr Norris

Please find attached an update to your Freedom of Information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Peace
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Reference number: FOI2015/01027

Dear Mr Norris

Please find attached an update to your Freedom of Information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Peace
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Chris left an annotation ()

"This means we are not required to provide a substantive response to your request until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances."
This is wrong, and the letter of the law is clear on this. They've missed out half of s.10(3) there. They need not comply with the request until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances, "but this subsection does not affect the time by which any notice under section 17(1) must be given. "

More importantly, the ICO's own guidance suggests that extending by more than 20 days is not likely to be "reasonable", and NR are still under an obligation to respond "promptly". You may wish to make a complaint to the ICO or request a review challenging their assertion that their extension is "reasonable".

J Taylor left an annotation ()

However, the ICO's guidance indicates that there are circumstances when a public authority can neither confirm or deny whether it holds the requested information - see page 8 for an example which relates to section 43 of the Act:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

Chris left an annotation ()

What's that got to do with whether or not a three month delay is "reasonable"?

J Taylor left an annotation ()

Just trying to assist. Happy New Year to you too!

FOI, Network Rail Limited

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Reference number: FOI2015/01027

Dear Mr Norris

Please find attached a further update to your Freedom of Information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Peace
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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FOI, Network Rail Limited

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Reference number: FOI2015/01027

Dear Mr Norris

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Peace
Senior Information Officer

Freedom of Information Team
The Quadrant
Elder Gate
Milton Keynes
MK9 1EN

Telephone: 01908 782405
Email: [Network Rail request email]
Web: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

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Chris left an annotation ()

The argument that they've come up with is that disclosure would encourage speculation rather than inform debate. I believe this to be the same "pollutant of publicity" argument that the Cabinet Office tried to pull, for which the Tribunal chewed them out. I would think that this, combined with the mickey-taking length of time it took them to respond, would be grounds for complaining to the ICO.