Navigation byelaws

P Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Middle Level Commissioners

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The request was refused by Middle Level Commissioners.

Dear Middle Level Commissioners,

Please treat this request for information as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please provide the following information:

1. The date that the Middle Level Commssioners Navigation Byelaws 2019 were confirmed.

2. All correspondence between the Middle Level Commissioners and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) regarding the confirmation of these byelaws.

Thank you. I look forward to your reply within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

P Smith

Katie Hunt, Middle Level Commissioners

Dear Ms Smith

Thank you for your enquiry. In response we advise that the Byelaws are yet to be confirmed. They will be published on our website as soon as they are.

Unfortunately we are unable to release correspondence between ourselves and Defra as it contains information relating to individuals that we have no permission to release publicly.

Regards

David Thomas
Clerk, Chief Engineer & Chief Executive
Middle Level Commissioners

www.middlelevel.gov.uk

Middle Level Commissioners
85 Whittlesey Road, March, Cambs.  PE15 0AH

Tel: 01354 602003   Fax: 01354 659619   Email: [email address]
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Dear Middle Level Commissioners,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Middle Level Commissioners's handling of my FOI request 'Navigation byelaws'.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Middle Level Commissioners both to release the information requested and not to publicly release any personal information relating to any individual. Therefore you are required to provide the information that I requested, namely:

All correspondence between the Middle Level Commissioners and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) regarding the confirmation of these byelaws;

whilst at the same time withholding any personal information relating to individuals. Therefore, as is the practice in other public bodies, you are required to release the information having redacted any personal information about individual people. Please do so within 20 working days.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not permit you to simply refuse to release any of the requested information because it "contains" information relating to individuals. The Act requires you to provide the information excluding that specific personal information about individuals that you have referred to.

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

Thank you. I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

P Smith

Katie Hunt, Middle Level Commissioners

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Dear Ms Smith

 

I apologise for the delay in responding to your request for information
about the Navigation Advisory Committee.   We did however that due to the
COVID-19 restrictions on attendance at the office there would be some
delay in responding.

 

I have set out below the information you requested in the order in which
you requested it.

 

1. The date that the Navigation Advisory Committee was established.  - The
Committee held its first meeting on 12^th June2019.

 

2. The names of each of the members of the Committee.

 

             M Heading         Middle Level Commissioners (Board Member)

             J Brown              Middle Level Commissioners (Board
Member)

             S Whithome       Middle Level Commissioners (Board Member)

D C Thomas        Middle Level Commissioners (Staff)

L McShane          Middle Level Commissioners (Staff)

K Russell              Middle Level Commissioners (Staff)

C Howes              Inland Waterways Association

R Sexton              East Anglian Waterways Association

A Wildman          Residential Boat Owners’ Association

N Arnold              Environment Agency

P Syred                 Fox Narrowboats Ltd

Cllr D Laws           Fenland District Council (also on MLC Board as
appointed council member)

P Hughes              Fenland District Council

K Jerrom               Environment Agency

 

 

3. The letter, email or other communication to each member of the
Committee inviting them to become a member.  – See attached.

 

4. The Commissioners' statements of their reasons for appointing each
person to the Navigation Advisory Committee produced under Section 3(3) of
the 2018 Act. - See minutes on website.

 

5. Minutes of the meetings of the Navigation Advisory Committee since it
was established. - See minutes on website.

 

6. Reports produced by the Navigation Advisory Committee under Section
3(7). - There are no formal reports as such but relevant meeting minutes
are picked up and reported on.

 

7. Responses to Navigation Advisory Committee reports by the Commissioners
under sections 3(8) and 3(9). -  See meeting minutes.

 

8. Representations or recommendations made by the Navigation Advisory
Committee under Section 3(12). - See meeting minutes.

 

9. The Commissioners' responses under Section 3(13) to representations or
recommendations made by the Navigation Advisory Committee. - See meeting
minutes.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lorna McShane

Solicitor and Assistant Clerk

Middle Level Commissioners

01354 602003

[1]www.middlelevel.gov.uk

 

 

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