Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited,

Please provide the following:

1. The number of employees of HS2 Ltd who attended the Party Conferences of the Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat parties between 2010-2019
2. The names of any senior executives of HS2 Ltd who attended during this period
3. The permissions given by the Cabinet Office for them to attend
4. The number of agents/representatives of HS2 Ltd employed by another company who attended during this period
5. The total amount of party conference-related expenditure spent by HS2 Ltd (including but not limited to travel, accommodation, hospitality, PR support, branded merchandise for distribution at the conferences etc.).

Yours faithfully,

Graeme Amis

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited



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Dear Graeme Amis

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. We are considering your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and aim to reply as soon as possible
and no later than 29 October 2019.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3425.

 

Kind regards

 

Carl

 

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Dear Mr Amis

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. Please find attached our response to
your below information request.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3425.

 

Kind regards

 

Carl

 

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Dear Carl,

Thank you for this response. In order to simplify my request, so that it can be expedited within a reasonable time limit, please provide:

1. The number of HS2 employees who attended each of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences between 2015-2019, dividing this information by conference and year.
2. Any and all permissions granted for these attendances by the DfT and the Cabinet Office as required by the guidance.

I would also like you to clarify some of the information that you have already provided. I asked for 'The permissions given by the Cabinet Office for them to attend'.

In response, you said 'HS2 Ltd has attended the autumn conferences of the largest parties at Westminster. Approval is received on the basis of attendance only...HS2 Ltd staff strictly follow Cabinet Office annual party conference guidance shared with representatives of NDPBs and other ALBs attending the party conferences.'

The Cabinet Office guidance is concise and unequivocal. It states 'As the rules make clear, it should be exceptional for board members or staff of NDPBs and other ALBs to attend party conferences in an official capacity. Any requests to attend must be approved by both the sponsoring department and the Propriety and Ethics Team in the Cabinet Office.' (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...).

The only reasonable interpretation of the information you have provided, is that permissions (for attendance only) were sought, and granted, from both the DfT and the Cabinet Office, for the few, 'exceptional' appearances of HS2 employees at party conferences.

If alternatively, HS2 employees routinely attended party conferences without permission having been granted, it would very much NOT be the case that 'HS2 Ltd staff strictly follow Cabinet Office annual party conference guidance', in fact, they would strictly be doing quite the opposite. If this were the case, your reply to my FOI request would be false/misleading.

Therefore, I would like you to confirm at your earliest opportunity, whether your response is accurate and permissions were indeed granted for most if not all appearances by HS2 employees at party conferences.

Yours sincerely,

Graeme Amis

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Dear Mr Amis

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. We are considering your request under
the Freedom of information Act 2000 and aim to reply as soon as possible
and no later than 28 November 2019.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI19-3461

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Carl Bird

 

 

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Dear Mr Amis

 

Please see the attached letter in response to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards

 

 

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Dear HS2Enquiries,

Thank you for providing a partial answer to my query.

You have given the answer to part 1 of my request, the number of attendees.

However, in part 2 of my request, I clearly asked to be provided with the permissions, not whether you had been granted them. You state that the DfT gave you permission and 'the decision communicated to HS2 Ltd'. The request was for that communication, not whether it took place.

Please provide the information requested (the permissions, or any relevant recorded information you hold e.g. emails from the DfT which contain the permissions granted) in a timely manner. If you are unable to comply promptly i.e. within 5 working days, then this should then be treated as a request for an internal review as to why my request was answered in a manner that did not address my request.

Yours sincerely,

Graeme Amis

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

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Dear Mr Amis

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. Please find attached our response to
your request for an internal review.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3461R

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

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