PA Consulting Group

Stephen Gradwick made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Stephen Gradwick

Dear Sir or Madam,

I wish to make a requet for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I wish to know the value of the Home Office's contract(s) with PA Consulting Group. The dates upon which any such contract(s) were signed and the nature of the work undertaken by PA Cousulting Group for the Home Office.

I also wish to receive copies of any risk assessments carried out by the Home Office in relation to their obligations to ensure that their contractors are compliant with the Data Protection Principles and to be advised if risk assessments were not carried out, why they were not carried out.

I wish to know if any established civil servants employed by the Home Office have any pecuniary interests in PA Consulting Group and if so, whom and what those interests are.

Have there been any previous security breaches or data losses by PA Consulting Group which have not yet been made public but which the Home office is aware and if so how many, when did they occur and what action was taken in respect of them.

Finally, I wish to be advised whether or not the Home Office intend to continue with their business relationship with PA Consulting Group in the light of their recent breach of the Data Protection Act and if so, why?

I would ask that you remember the Act’s Section 16 duty on public authorities to provide advice and assistance to requesters. If for any reason you are leaning toward rejecting any part of this request or if you plan to argue that it is unmanageable or unanswerable in any way then I would expect you to contact me promptly to find ways to answer this request to our mutual satisfaction.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding this request or should you be in any way unclear as to the nature and extent of the information I am seeking, please contact me promptly and I shall be happy to provide any clarification as may be required.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Gradwick

Information Access, Home Office

Dear Mr Gradwick

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 22 August in which you ask for information
about Home Office contracts with PA Consulting Group.  Your request is
being handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a
request for information.

 

We aim to send you a full response within 20 working days of our receiving
your request.  You should receive this response by 22 September.

 

If you have any queries about the handling of your information request
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Steve Kirk

Information Rights Team

Information Management Service

4th Floor

Seacole Building (NE)

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

 

 

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Information Access, Home Office

Dear Mr Gradwick

 

I am writing further to my correspondence of 28 August regarding your
information request in which you asked for information about Home Office
contracts with PA Consulting Group.

 

I regret that we are unable to send you a full response to your request
within 20 working days, as required by the Freedom of Information Act.  We
are still collating all of the information you requested and I would like
to apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience that this may cause.
 I would like to assure you that we are dealing with your request as a
matter of urgency, and that we will send you a full reply as soon as
possible.  We now aim to send you a full reply by 20 October.

 

If you have any queries about the handling of your information request in
the meantime then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Steve Kirk

 

Information Rights Team

Information Management Service

4th Floor

Seacole Building (NE)

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

 

 

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Stephen Gradwick

Dear Mr Kirk,

In your previous reply, you stated that you aimed to send a reply by the revised date of the 20th October, yet no reply has been forthcoming.

Please could you issue a formal reply or a refusal notice.

Should I not hear from you today, I will submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Information Access, Home Office

Dear Mr Gradwick

 

Thank you for your email. I am sorry that we have not yet been able to
send you a substantive response to your request. Unfortunately this case
is taking longer to complete that we had hoped, but I am confident that we
should be able to provide a full response within the next fortnight.

 

I appreciate your frustration about this matter, and should you wish to do
so you are of course at liberty to submit a complaint to the Information
Commissioner.

 

Yours sincerely

    

 

Oliver Lendrum 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Management Service | Shared Services Directorate | Home Office
|
4th Floor | Seacole Building | 2 Marsham Street | London | SW1P 4DF

 

 

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Dear Sirs,

In your last response, you informed me that you were 'confident' of being able to reply to me within a 'fortnight'. That was three 'fortnights' ago.

Please explain precisely whom or what is causing the delay in supplying this information or in issuing a refusal notice.

As of today, you are eighty-three days late in providing a response and I do not consider that to be in any way justified or acceptable.

If you feel it to be justifiable - then justify it in your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Stephen Gradwick

Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'PA Consulting Group'.

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

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Information Access, Home Office

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^4th Floor, Seacole Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

E-mail: [email address]   

Web Site: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Our Ref           10115

Date                16-01-09

 

 

Mr Stephen Gradwick

[1][FOI #1906 email]

 

 

 

Dear Mr Gradwick,

 

Thank you for your email dated 13 January to the Home Office in which you
asked for an Internal Review into the handling of your Freedom of
Information request concerning ‘PA Consulting Group’.

 

I am currently conducting the Internal Review as an independent official
of the Home Office who was not involved in answering your orginal request.

 

The Home Office aims to complete your review and provide you with a
response within 10 working days from the date we received your request.
Therefore, we aim to have provided you with a response by 27 January.  

 

If you have any queries regarding the handling of this internal review
then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

John G

Information Rights Team

Information Management Service | Shared Services Directorate

Financial & Commercial Group
4th Floor | Seacole Building | Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London
SW1P 4DF

[2]www.homeoffice.gov.uk

 

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Stephen Gradwick

Dear Sirs,

You advised me that you aimed to provide a response by the 27th January and have not done so, nor have you explained when I might receive a reply.

Please confirm when - if at all - you intend to respond to my request for internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Stephen Gradwick

Dear Sirs,

A further week has elapsed without any reply being forthcoming from you.

Please confirm whether or not you ever intend to reply to my request...

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Dear Sirs,

As a consequence of your ignorant and repeated refusals to reply to me, I have today submitted a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gradwick

Stephen Gradwick left an annotation ()

The Information Commissioner's initial response to my complaint about the Home Office is reproduced below:

27th February 2009

Case Reference Number FS50234648

Dear Mr Gradwick,

Your information request to the Home Office

Thank you for your correspondence dated 15 February 2009 in which you complain about the Home Office’s failure to respond to your information request.

I have written to the public authority to provide them with a copy of your original request reminding it of its responsibilities and asking it to respond to you within 10 working days of receiving our letter. I attach a copy for your information.

As you will see, even though the Commissioner does not intend to issue a formal notice in this case, your concerns have been taken seriously. Thank you for bringing this matter to the attention of the Information Commissioner.

If the Home Office responds and refuses to release the information you have asked for and you are dissatisfied, you may, after exhausting their internal complaints procedure, complain to us again.

This case has now been closed with the delayed response element showing as ‘withdrawn’ on our records. If you do not receive a response within 10 working days or are dissatisfied after having exhausted the internal review process mentioned above and would like us to look into the matter, please contact us quoting the reference number on this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Sanders

FoI Case Reception Unit

Information Commissioner’s Office

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Stephen Gradwick left an annotation ()

The Information Commissioner's letter to the Home Office is reproduced below:

Ms J Sigley
Home Office Information Policy Team
4th Floor, Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4AS

27th February 2009

Case Reference Number FS50234648

Dear Ms Sigley,

Complaint from Stephen Gradwick

The Information Commissioner has received a complaint from Mr Gradwick stating that no response has been sent to an information request submitted to your organisation on 22 August 2008, which you have said was received. The original correspondence can be found at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pa...

Any public authority in receipt of such a request is under a duty to respond within 20 working days of receipt. As it is the case that you have not responded, we would ask that you now please do so within 10 working days of receipt of this letter. We should be grateful if you could also provide a copy of your response to this office.

You should state whether or not the information is held in a recorded form. If it is held, you should either provide the information or issue a refusal notice in accordance with the requirements of section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act or regulation 14 of the Environmental Information Regulations as appropriate. You can find more information on refusal notices, including a checklist of what such a notice should contain in the Commissioner’s Good Practice Guidance No.1, available at:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

Finally you should be aware that the Information Commissioner often receives requests for copies of the letters we send and receive when dealing with casework. Not only are we obliged to deal with these in accordance with the access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the FOIA), it is in the public interest that we are open, transparent and accountable for the work that we do.

However, whilst we want to disclose as much information as we reasonably can, there will be occasions where full disclosure would be wrong. It is also important that the disclosures we make do not undermine the confidence and trust in the Commissioner of those who correspond with him.

When you reply to this letter, I would be grateful if you would indicate whether any of the information you provide in connection with this matter is confidential, or for any other reason should not be disclosed to anyone who requests it. I should make clear that simply preferring that the information is withheld may not be enough to prevent disclosure. You should have a good reason why this information should not be disclosed to anyone else and explain this to us clearly and fully.

For further advice on how to deal with freedom of information requests, please visit our website at www.ico.gov.uk or call our helpline on 08456 306060, or 01625 545745 if you prefer to use a National Rate number.

If you need to contact us about this matter, please quote the case reference number from the top of this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Sanders
FoI Case Reception Unit
Information Commissioner’s Office

Heather Brooke left an annotation ()

It is the Information Commissioner's job to issue a formal enforcement notice in cases of non-compliance. Why doesn't he do so?

I have had a similar non-reaction by the ICO to two complaints about systemic non-compliance by the Cabinet Office and Met Police. One might get the impression the Commissioner is biased in favour of government bodies.

His lack of enforcement action is sending out a clear signal to public bodies that it's perfectly OK to ignore the law because he'll do nothing about it.

Information Access, Home Office

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Dear Mr Gradwick

 

Please find attached a letter sent on behalf of my colleague John Gomes,
in response to your request for an internal review.

 

Regards,

 

Oliver

  

 

Oliver Lendrum

Information Access Team

 

Information Management Service | Shared Services Directorate | Home Office
| 4th Floor | Seacole Building | 2 Marsham Street | London | SW1P 4DF

 

Tel: 020 7035 1037 

 

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Gareth Wyn Hazzelby | Information Management Service | Financial and
Commercial Group | 4th Floor NE Quarter | Seacole Building | Home Office
| 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

I attach a response to your FOI request on  the PA Consulting Contract.

 

 

Gareth Hazzelby

Information Access Team

 

 

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