News of the World: Operation Weeting

P. John made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills did not have the information requested.

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

please could you disclose to me the dates/agenda/minutes of meetings, and any correspondence items (email, letters, fax) exchanged between;

- Sir Brian Bender (Permanent Secretary, 2007-9)
- Hilary Douglas (Chief Operating Officer, 2000-9)
- Mark Gibson (Enterprise and Business Group Director General, 2002-8)
- Philip Rutnam (Enterprise and Business Group Director General, 2008-)
- David Hendon (Director Business Relations, 2002-11)

and the News International Executives:-

- Andy Coulson
- Neil Wallis
- Ian Edmondson
- Neville Thurlbeck
- Rebekah Brooks
- Les Hinton
- James Murdoch
- Rupert Murdoch
- Dick Fedorcio

For the period 2006 - present day.

Please could you also state the number of BERR/BIS staff interviewed or arrested by Met Police in connection with the NoTW scandal.

Yours faithfully,

P John

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 11/0966

Dear P.John,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 18 July
2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 15 August
2011.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

show quoted sections

Dear Information Rights Unit,

many thanks for your acknowledgement, I look forward to receiving your response.

Please accept my apologies, I inadvertently included Dick Fedorcio in my FoI request for communications with senior News International executives.

Mr Fedorcio works for the Met rather than News International; I'm sure you'll appreciate, it can be hard to tell the two organisations apart at times.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

1 Attachment

Dear P John
Please find attached response to your FoI request.
<<FoI response 11-0966.pdf>>
Best wishes,
Ms L Smyth
Information Rights Unit
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
[1][email address] |Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk |

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.bis.gov.uk/

Dear Ms Smyth,

thank you for your note.

You ask if I could further constrain the request.

The people of most interest in BERR/BIS are;

- Hilary Douglas (Chief Operating Officer, 2000-9)
- Mark Gibson (Enterprise and Business Group Director General, 2002-8)
- David Hendon (Director Business Relations, 2002-11)

The people of interest in News Corp/News International are;

- Andy Coulson
- Neil Wallis
- Ian Edmondson
- Neville Thurlbeck
- Rebekah Brooks
- Les Hinton
- James Murdoch
- Rupert Murdoch

(though any other correspondence with News Corp/News International would also be gratefully received).

The time period of most interest would be 2006-2008.

So to summarise, correspondence between Hilary Douglas/Mark Gibson/David Hendon and News Corp/News International staff in the period 2006-08 (but particularly so the individuals listed if constraining the makes it less onerous for you to provide a response).

many thanks,
Yours sincerely,

P. John

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 11/1058

Dear P John,

Thank you for your revised request for information which was received on
10 August 2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate
official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal
with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 8 September
2011.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

show quoted sections

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

1 Attachment

Dear P John

Please find attached response to your FoI request 11-1058.

<<FoI Response 11-1058.pdf>>

Best wishes,
Ms L Smyth
Information Rights Unit
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
[1][email address] |Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk |

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.bis.gov.uk/

Dear Ms Smyth,

thank you for your note. You ask if I could further constrain my request?

How frustrating. I suppose the BIS personnel most likely to be involved in a dialogue with senior staff in News Corp would be Hilary Douglas or Mark Gibson (perhaps you could confirm?).

For the moment, the person of greatest interest to me is David Hendon, given his involvement in handling the related Phorm espionage affair.

The people of interest in News Corp/News International remain;

- Andy Coulson
- Neil Wallis
- Ian Edmondson
- Neville Thurlbeck
- Rebekah Brooks
- Les Hinton
- James Murdoch
- Rupert Murdoch

(though any other correspondence with News Corp/News International would also be gratefully received).

The time period of most interest would be 2006-2008.

So to summarise, correspondence between David Hendon and News Corp/News International staff in the
period 2006-08 (but particularly so the individuals listed if constraining the makes it less onerous for you to provide a response).

Yours sincerely,

P. John

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 11/1251

 
Dear P John

Thank you for your refined request for information which was received on
19 September 2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate
official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal
with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 17 October
2011.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills  | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

show quoted sections

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

1 Attachment

Dear Mr John

Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information request
concerning correspondence between David Hendon and staff from News Corp/
News International. 

<<FOI 111251.doc>>
Best wishes,
Information Rights Unit
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
[1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared service level
agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI requests

show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.bis.gov.uk/

Dear Information Rights Unit,

many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

P. John