Maternity, Paternity & Adoption Leave

Chris Wade made this Freedom of Information request to Land Registry

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Dear FOI officer,

I should like to request the following information:

1) With respect to the Agency’s terms and conditions of employment, the current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave

2) Any prior policy pertaining to public and privilege holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave

3) The date the previous policy was amended to the current policy

4) Any internal correspondence and documents relating to an amendment to this policy - in particular any correspondence providing an explanation for changing policy (e.g. Bulletin 42, issued by the Cabinet Office in September 2011 http://bit.ly/163hSMt )

I should prefer to receive these in electronic format at this email address.

It would be helpful if you were to provide any brief notes which might be necessary to understand the context of the information provided, although I recognise that you are not obliged to do this.

If for any reason you feel this request is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact me at this email address. If you are not the appropriate authority for this request, or for part of it, please let me know as soon as is convenient.

Could you please let me know if you are able to provide this information for the agencies and public bodies the Agency works with, or whether I should submit requests to them directly.

If the information requested contains sections of confidential information, please blank out or remove these sections, and mark clearly that they have been removed.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Wade

Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Mr. Wade,
 
Thank you for your email dated 25 March 2013 requesting the following
information :-
“1) With respect to the Agency’s terms and conditions of employment, the
current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays that fall
during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
 
2) Any prior policy pertaining to public and privilege holidays that fall
during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
 
3) The date the previous policy was amended to the current policy.
 
4) Any internal correspondence and documents relating to an amendment to
this policy - in particular any correspondence providing an explanation
for changing policy (e.g. Bulletin 42, issued by the Cabinet Office in
September 2011 [1]http://bit.ly/163hSMt ).”
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.
 
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.
If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to
contact me.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Legal Services
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park,
Croydon, CR0 2AQ

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From:   Chris Wade [[FOI #154730 email]]
Posted At:      25 March 2013 20:58
Conversation:   Freedom of Information request - Maternity, Paternity &
Adoption Leave
Posted To:      FOI
 
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Maternity, Paternity &
Adoption Leave
 
 
     Dear FOI officer,
 
     I should like to request the following information:
 
     1) With respect to the Agency’s terms and conditions of employment,
     the current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays
     that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave
 
     2) Any prior policy pertaining to public and privilege holidays
     that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave
 
     3) The date the previous policy was amended to the current policy
 
     4) Any internal correspondence and documents relating to an
     amendment to this policy - in particular any correspondence
     providing an explanation for changing policy (e.g. Bulletin 42,
     issued by the Cabinet Office in September 2011
     [2]http://bit.ly/163hSMt )
 
     I should prefer to receive these in electronic format at this email
     address.
 
     It would be helpful if you were to provide any brief notes which
     might be necessary to understand the context of the information
     provided, although I recognise that you are not obliged to do this.
 
     If for any reason you feel this request is unclear, please do not
     hesitate to contact me at this email address. If you are not the
     appropriate authority for this request, or for part of it, please
     let me know as soon as is convenient.
 
     Could you please let me know if you are able to provide this
     information for the agencies and public bodies the Agency works
     with, or whether I should submit requests to them directly.
 
     If the information requested contains sections of confidential
     information, please blank out or remove these sections, and mark
     clearly that they have been removed.
 
     Thank you for your help.
 
     Yours faithfully,
 
     Chris Wade
 
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Petty, Roger, Land Registry

Dear Chris Wade
Thank you for your email of 25 March 2013 where you requested
information about the current policy in relation to public and privilege
holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption
leave.
I can provide the following response to the first three questions
 
The current policy in relation to public and privilege holidays that fall
during a period of maternity is reproduced below, and the paternity and
adoption leave policies mirror this. 
 
"Your contract remains in place and you will continue to accrue all
contractual benefits except for salary, whilst you are on maternity leave.
Annual leave and public/privilege days will continue to accrue. Land
Registry will carry on making the usual contributions to your pension
during any paid period of maternity leave but not during any period of
unpaid maternity leave; your contributions will be based on actual pay
received."
 
The current paternity leave policy was published on 15 March 2012, and
maternity and adoption leave policies on 16 March 2012.  In all three
policies, the previous policy did not contain any reference to
public/privilege days.
 
I am unable to provide a response to question 4 at the current time as the
policy lead is on sick leave and we will need to look at internal
correspondence and documents held by that person. However, I
hope to be able to respond by 30 April 2013. If it appears that it will
take longer than this to respond, I will keep you informed.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.
If you are dissatisfied with this response to your request, you may seek
an internal review within two months of the date of our reply. Internal
reviews will be dealt within 20 working days. If at the end of this time
we are unable to respond, we will write to you explaining the reasons and
giving you a new date. If you seek an internal review please write to:
Mike Westcott Rudd
Head of Corporate Legal Services
Land Registry Head office
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park
Croydon
CR0 2AQ
Email: [1][email address]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) within
two months of the reply for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by
Land Registry. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Roger Petty
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Legal Services
Tel 0300 006 7054
Email [email address]
[2]landregistry.gov.uk | [3]@LandRegGov | [4]LinkedIn | [5]Facebook
 
 
 

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Petty, Roger, Land Registry

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Dear Chris Wade
Thank you for your email of 25 March 2013 where you requested
information about the current policy in relation to public and privilege
holidays that fall during a period of maternity, paternity or adoption
leave. Your questions numbered 1 to 3 were answered in my letter dated 19
April 2013. I am now in a position to answer question 4.
I enclose a copy of a report. Part of the information contained in the
document is exempt under section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and is therefore withheld and redacted from the report. Section 42 states:
“Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege
or, in Scotland, to confidentiality of communications could be maintained
in legal proceedings is exempt information”.  Section 42 is a qualified
exemption. The FOIA 2000 provides that, in the case of non-absolute
exemptions, a public authority has to decide: whether the public interest
in refusing the request outweighs the public interest in releasing the
information requested.
The “Public interest test” was applied to your request. The need for Land
Registry to be accountable for the spending of public money, that legal
advice has been followed and all issues properly considered and our
commitment to greater transparency of public information would favour
release. However, the decisions made in the paper were taken in an
informed legal context, fully and frankly and given in confidence.
Disclosure would prejudice our legal interests and diminish the reliance
placed on the advice.   For these reasons, Land Registry has reached the
conclusion that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs
the public interest in disclosure.
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.
If you are dissatisfied with this response to your request, you may seek
an internal review within two months of the date of our reply. Internal
reviews will be dealt within 20 working days. If at the end of this time
we are unable to respond, we will write to you explaining the reasons and
giving you a new date. If you seek an internal review please write to:
Mike Westcott Rudd
Head of Corporate Legal Services
Land Registry Head office
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park
Croydon
CR0 2AQ
Email: [1][email address]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) within
two months of the reply for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by
Land Registry. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Roger Petty
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Legal Services
Tel 0300 006 7054
Email [2][email address]
[3]landregistry.gov.uk | [4]@LandRegGov | [5]LinkedIn | [6]Facebook
 
 
 

Land Registry is the definitive source of information for more than 23
million property titles in England and Wales. Since 1862 we have provided
security and confidence in one of the most active property and mortgage
markets in the world. We are working to support economic growth and data
transparency as part of the Public Data Group. Find out more at
www.landregistry.gov.uk

If you have received this e-mail and it was not intended for you, please
let us know, and then delete it. Please treat our communications in
confidence,
as you would expect us to treat yours. Land Registry checks all mail and
attachments for known viruses, however, you are advised that you open any
attachments at your own risk.

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