Mayor of London spending promoting Thames Estuary airport

Alan made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

I am writing to make an open government request under the Freedom of Information Act.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. However, if this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me – as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

I would like to know how much money has been spent by the Mayor of London promoting plans for a Thames Estuary airport since he was elected in 2008.

If possible I would like a breakdown of spending by year and a breakdown of each item of spending.

Please note, I do not require any information that might break Data Protection laws or identify staff.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Kind regards,
Alan

andrew hardy left an annotation ()

The GLA are being inconsistent with their handling of TFL enquiries. My request at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1... was forwarded to tfl whereas Alan had to re request from Tfl.

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Alan

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25 July 2013.

Please note that we require a complete name for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act legislation.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 23 August 2013.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Alan

I am writing in regards to my previous email sent on 26 July 2013, asking for your complete name.

Please provide us with your complete name for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act legislation and we will endeavour to respond to by 23 August 2013.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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My surname is McGuinness.

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr McGuinness

Our Ref: 0743-1314

Thank you for your further email which Transport for London received on 16 August 2013, confirming your full name, as requested.

I can advise that a response will be provided to you by 16 September 2013, rather than 23 August 2013, as the 20 working day deadline for responding is based on when we receive the satisfactory additional information requested. In the meantime, please accept my apologies for the previous date provided.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr McGuiness

 

TfL Ref: 0743-1314

 

Thank you for your emails received by Transport for London (TfL) on 26
July and 16 August 2013 asking for information about how much money has
been spent by the Mayor of London promoting plans for a Thames Estuary
airport since 2008.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy.  I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

 

In May 2011, the Mayor of London issued a Mayoral Direction (MD806) to TfL
to assess issues associated with the Government’s aviation policy review,
which was announced in October 2010. This direction secured a budget from
within TfL of £200,000 for that work of which £150,000 was spent on
technical consultancy support, (including three full time staff) and
£50,000 on the preparation and printing of technical publications, across
the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years. 

 

In November 2012, the Mayor issued a further Direction (MD1080) in
response to the Government’s announcement setting up the Davies Commission
in September 2012. This Direction secured a budget from within TfL of £3
million up to April 2014. Copies of both of these Mayoral Direction forms
can be found at:
[1]http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/...

As a result of work undertaken by Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor
believes there are three strong options for a new hub airport serving
London, all located east of the Capital. These are:

·         Building a new hub airport at the Isle of Grain (inner Thames
Estuary)

·         Building a new hub airport in the outer Thames Estuary

·         Enlarging Stansted airport

At the time of your request invoices and payments totalling £28,828
(excluding VAT) have been approved to be paid from the £3 million budget
agreed in November 2012 in the 2012/13 financial year.

 

At the time of your request invoices and payments totalling £1,206,854
(excluding VAT) had been approved in the 2013/14 financial year. 

 

The consultants we have engaged to provide support on aviation are listed
in the table below. Expenses are also paid to a group of respected
individuals who provide independent peer review advice to TfL.

 

There was no expenditure between 2007 – 2010.

 

Consultants Invoices paid

(01 Nov 2012 - 26 July 2013)
Lot 1 – Airport infrastructure  

   

Atkins £166,335

Pascall and Watson (sub contracted to Atkins)

Zaha Hadid Architects (sub contracted to
Atkins)

 
Lot 2 – Surface Access £227,555

Atkins

 
Lot 3 – Environmental impacts £73,095

Atkins

 
Lot 4 – Socio Economic impacts  

   

Ramboll  

Oxford Economics (subcontracted to Ramboll) £86,770

 
Lot 4 – Socio Economic impacts  

   

York  Aviation £44,799
Lot 4 – Socio Economic impacts  

   

Cambridge Econometrics £7,430

 
Lot 5 – Commercial £292,979

Ernst & Young

 
Lot 6 – Legal and regulatory £171,970

Ashurst

 
Client side support  

   

Atkins £26,682

   

Geoff Copley £7,425

   

Guy Lavis Consulting £42,891

   

Innovacion £46,251

 
Regeneris £9,000

 
Peer Review expenses £10,500

 
Stakeholder engagement £22,000 (approx)

 
Total £1,235,682

 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

: Alan [[2]mailto:[FOI #170293 email]]

Sent: 16 August 2013 17:34

To: FOI

Subject: Re: FW: Freedom of Information request - Mayor of London spending
promoting Thames Estuary airport

 

My surname is McGuinness.

 

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