PACAC / PHSO exchange of information for January 2016 meeting

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Dear House of Commons,

PACAC / PHSO - exchange of information re: January 12, 2016 - scrutiny meeting .

Please supply,....
1. FOIA

Briefings and information on those giving written evidence to PACAC from the PHSO - and vice Versa.
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman scrutiny.

A. Since a PHSO internal file gives a reference number for previous information supplied to PASC about me,(20131119) on its files, I would like to know if the PHSO provided any data information to PACAC on any of those who gave written evidence to PACAC in (December2015/January 2016) , for the above.

B. Please also supply information data passed between the PHSO/PACAC example - emails /memos, notes - on the written evidence.

Obviously with all necessary personal information redactions.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

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D. Speers left an annotation ()

Very clear! & very interesting!

Fiona Watts left an annotation ()

Excellent FOI.

The link below refers to the MPs giving their "scrutiny" to the PHSO.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/commit...

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Dear [Name Removed],

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F16-041

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below.

 

Further to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
(PACAC) meeting on 12 January 2016 regarding the Parliamentary and Health
Service Ombudsman (PHSO) scrutiny inquiry, you asked for any information
provided by the PHSO to PACAC on those giving written evidence for this
Inquiry. This information is not held by the House of Commons.

 

You also asked for information passed between the PHSO/PACAC, for example
- emails /memos, notes - on the written evidence. Some information is held
by the House of Commons, but it is withheld under section 34 of the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

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absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply. I am
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[Name Removed] (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

So the PHSO can brief against PACAC witnesses and they are not entitled to know....sums up a lot which is wrong about British democracy.

The PHSO reads the online evidence from witnesses but the witnesses - and the PHSO prepares its defence on the back of it.But the witnesses cannot ever see the internal paperwork from the PHSO.

As it is, there are points in the PHSO's oral evidence from Dame Julie Mellor that are debatable and at least one where she contradicts her own senior officer, in her belief of how the PHSO is operating.

If only the witnesses had been privy to the internal files pre- examination, it would have been possible to refute some statements in advance of the oral evidence given to PACAC by the PHSO.