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Maintenance at HMP Pentonville

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Dear HM Prison Service,

There is great public interest in HMP Pentonville, not least due to the recent death, escape and contraband smuggling reports. I run a website in Kings Cross, which covers Pentonville. The IMB report criticised a failure to maintain windows at Pentonville contributing to the ingress of contraband. I am aware that maintenance etc at Pentonville is carried out mainly by Carrilion.

I should be grateful for any information you may hold in your records about maintenance, building up-keep, estate services etc at Pentonville from 1 June 2015 to 19 November 2016:
(a) in general
(b) in respect of windows and nets

This might include correspondence from the prison staff and service with the contractor and vice versa, correspondence between HMPS and MOJ/NOMs etc

Should you consider invoking any commerical confidentiality exemptions such as S43 commercial interests or be encouraged to do so by a contractor I should remind you that S43 is a qualified exemption and each piece of information thus withheld requires its own public interest test, which you are obliged to reveal. I suggest that, given the strong public interest and the citing of window repairs and prison repairs in general at Pentonville by the IMB any prejudice of commerical interest would have to be colossal to outweigh the public interest in transparency. Also there can be no commercial secrets in this regard, given the IMB report which makes the poor state of repair public.

I should be happy to discuss any of the above if it needs clarifying, through this service. Also if you can answer this request in part, but not in whole then please do so rather than rejecting al of it.

I appreciate that your task is often a thankless one but I am grateful for your work.

Yours faithfully,

william perrin

Contracted Services, HM Prison Service

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Dear Mr Perrin,

 

Please see attached response to your recent request for information from
the Ministry of Justice.

 

With regards.

 

Wayne Coonerty
National Offender Management Service

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Dear HM Prison Service,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Prison Service's handling of my FOI request 'Maintenance at HMP Pentonville'.

I do not accept that it can be 3.5 days of work to fillet from the files and assess information on:

information you may hold in your records about maintenance, building up-keep, estate services etc. at Pentonville from 1 June 2015 to 19 November 2016:

(a) in general
(b) in respect of windows and nets

This might include correspondence from the prison staff and service
with the contractor and vice versa, correspondence between HMPS and
MOJ/NOMs etc

Given the profound problems at HMP Pentonville (escapes, murder, suicide, contraband) that relate to the prison's physical integrity as the Minister for Prisons has set out in Parliament and the IMB in their reports, there is a very strong public interest in transparency about what has happened with maintenance there.

As a former central government civil servant myself and having some familiarity with records management systems the rejection of this request on the grounds stated does not seem plausible to me.

I should be grateful if this decision could be reconsidered in an internal review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

william perrin

DirectorateofCommissioningBriefingandCorrespondence,

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Dear Mr Perrin
 
Please see the attached reply to your request for an Internal Review of
our response to FOI reference: 108892.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Rob Mitchell
Directorate of Commissioning Briefing and Correspondence Team

Ministry of Justice - National Offender Management Service (NOMS) HQ |
Post Point 3.16, 3rd Floor Zone B, Clive House, Petty France, London SWIH
9EX
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contracted Services, HM Prison Service

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Dear Mr Perrin,

 

Please see the attached response in relation to your recent Freedom of
Information request.

 

Regards,

 

Jack Harris

Briefing and Correspondence Team

Directorate of Commissioning & Directorate of Contracted Services

NOMS

 

Clive House l 70 Petty France l London l SW1H 9EX

 

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