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Mark Hoban ACOBA advice

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Dear Her Majesty’s Treasury,

Please could you provide me with all communications sent by the Treasury to ACOBA relating to Mark Hoban's post-Ministerial position at PWC.

With regards timeframe: I do not know when the application process started, but it was agreed to in January 2015.

Yours Faithfully,

Michael Umney

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Dear Her Majesty’s Treasury,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Treasury's handling of my FOI request 'Mark Hoban ACOBA advice'.

Section 36

The designated person has stated that the information requested engages s. 36(2)(b)(i), b(ii), and (c) of the FOIA.

This was considered to be the case because disclosure might inhibit the free and frank exchange of advice, and prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. The response also notes that ACOBA, “has no power to compel applicants and departments to cooperate”.

I do not believe that section 36 should apply. However my main disagreement is over the public interest.

Mr Hoban met with PWC on the following occasions during his time at HMT:
September 2010, June 27th 2011, September 13th 2011 and May 2012 . This indicates that the information provided by Mr Hoban, that, “within this two year period, he had no contact with PWC whilst he was at the Treasury” was not true. It also suggests that the HMT were remiss in not correcting this information. The entire function of ACOBA is jeopardised if false or misleading information is given. The public interest is better served in trying to reform the institution than in covering up its wrongdoing.

Section 40(2)

I believe that disclosure of at least some of the personal data would be fair according to the guidelines provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It is advised by the ICO that the following should be taken into account:

• Whether the information is sensitive personal data
• The possible consequences of disclosure on the individual
• The reasonable expectations of the individual; whether the information has been or remains in the public domain; and the FOIA principles of transparency and accountability;
• Any legitimate interests in the public having access to the information and the balance between these and the rights and freedoms of the individuals who are the data subjects

I will take these points in turn:

1. The information that I am seeking is unlikely to be classified as sensitive personal data since this refers to “the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject”, “his political opinions”, “his religions beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature” and other sensitive personal data that falls under section 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
2. While there may be adverse consequences for Mr Hoban, this would be because it demonstrated that he, or HMT had misled ACOBA.
3. Where a former Public Servant misleads a government body, that public servant does not have a reasonable expectation that this should be kept confidential. This would undermine all accountability in the system, and further weaken ACOBA’s functions.
4. Provision of the information will uncover the mistakes that were made, both by ACOBA and HMT, which should help to improve systems in the future.

I would be grateful if you could consider the points made above.

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,

Michael Umney

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Dear Mr Umney

Please find attached a response to your internal review request. Below is the link cited in the response.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

Regards

Information Rights Unit| HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ

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