daniela drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have been informed that a presentation on the 2000 MV Derbyshire RFI is to be hosted by the DfT in early November this year.

I would therefore be grateful if you could answer the following questions:

1. Who are the participants in that event? I understand that the invitations have been made by the Derbyshire Family Association (aka Mr Paul Lambert) and that you have the list of invitees. Could you please provide me with a copy of that list?

2. Has John Prescott MP been invited, and who will pay the costs of his attendance?

3. What is total cost of organising and hosting the event, preparing the presentation material, the travelling charges and other expenses that will be covered by the Department and, therefore, by the taxpayer?

4. What is the precise date of that event?

5. Who/what initiated the event and when?

6. What is the agenda for the event and what materials will be presented there?

As the Department knows very well, the MV Derbyshire RFI left much to be desired and its outcome was not quite as straightforward as one might like to think.
Do you intend to offer any revelations during this November seminar?

A prompt response from you to my questions above will be very much appreciated.

Many thanks and best regards,

Yours faithfully,

Daniela Drysdale

daniela drysdale

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be grateful if the Department acknowledged receipt of my FOI request above?

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

FOI-Advice-Team-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear Ms Draysdale

I can confirm that your request was received on 11th September and is
being dealt with by the appropriate case-handler.

Regards.

Lara Bolch

DfT FOI Team
09/02 Southside
Tel: 0207 944 4499
GTN: 3533 4499

>>> daniela drysdale <[FOI #3384 email]> 09/10/08
11:39:25 >>>
Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be grateful if the Department acknowledged receipt of my
FOI request above?

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

The MV Derbyshire was a bulk-carrier ship which sank in 1980. Background here: http://mv-derbyshire.blogspot.com/2008/1...

This blog post is about this particular FOI request:
http://mv-derbyshire.blogspot.com/2008/1...

Adam Paine, Department for Transport

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Ms Drysdale,

Please find attached response to your FOI request of 3rd October.

Regards,
Adam Paine

0207 944 2637

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daniela drysdale

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Thank you very much for your reply of 30 October 2008 above.

In this reply, the Department informs me that " invitations have been extended only to individuals – or individuals representing organisations – that were closely involved in the reopened formal investigation (RFI) into Derbyshire’s loss," then states that the list of participants "is subject to the exemption at section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act. The information is personal information within the meaning of the Data Protection Act and its disclosure would amount to a breach of the data protection principles."

I would, nonetheless, like to remind the Department that the identities of the individuals and/or organisations who were "closely involved in the reopened formal investigation (RFI) into Derbyshire’s loss" - and whom the Department names as participants in the November presentation - do not need protecting for the simple reason that this information has already been made public within the official report to the Derbyshire RFI (now sold to the public by WH Smith stationers at a price of £40.00).
I would therefore be grateful if the Department could just advise which of those parties (as listed in the Derbyshire final report) would be attending the presentation.

As to my question about the materials that will be presented during this event, the Department indicates that they will refer to the "contributions of the MV Derbyshire Family Association (DFA) to inquiries into Derbyshire’s loss and subsequent work on bulk carrier safety".
I would be much obliged if the department could also provide us with a copy of these presentation materials.
As I am sure everyone will agree, bulk carrier safety is not a private matter, but a matter of public interest.

A prompt reply will be very much appreciated.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Daniela Drysdale

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Blog post from the requester about the answer:

http://mv-derbyshire.blogspot.com/2008/1...

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