Pass and Failure Rates of Individual Examiners

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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency,

Please provide us with the pass and fail rates for each individual examiner from the Halifax Driving Test Centre for each year between 2010 and 2019 to date.

Please break the data down by total number of passes and fails, and the total number of passes and fails for each sex, male and female.

Can you also please provide copies of the documents you hold and procedures followed which relate to what happens if an individual examiner has a significantly higher or lower pass rate than their colleagues, including what measures an individual examiner may be subject to or have to adhere to in such circumstances?

Yours faithfully,

Calderdale Against Corruption

foi@dvsa.gov.uk, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

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Calderdale Against Corruption

by email: [1][FOI #571688 email]

 

Our ref: IA/00428/19

 

Date: 16 May 2019                                                 

 

Dear Calderdale Against Corruption

 

Information requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA)

 

Further to your request of 27 April, I can confirm that we have looked
into your request for information about pass and fail rates for each
individual examiner from the Halifax Driving Test Centre for each year
between 2010 and 2019 to date, within the terms of the FoIA.

 

Your request and our response is as follows:

 

Please provide us with the pass and fail rates for each individual
examiner from the Halifax Driving Test Centre for each year between 2010
and 2019 to date.

 

Please break the data down by total number of passes and fails, and the
total number of passes and fails for each sex, male and female.

 

Can you also please provide copies of the documents you hold and
procedures followed which relate to what happens if an individual examiner
has a significantly higher or lower pass rate than their colleagues,
including what measures an individual examiner may be subject to or have
to adhere to in such circumstances?

 

Our response:

 

Please note the information requested above is withheld from disclosure
under section 40(2) of the FoIA (personal information). This is because
the information you have requested does not constitute your own personal
data, and as such you do not hold the necessary access rights for
disclosure.

 

Further information on section 40 of the FoIA can be accessed via the
following link:

 

[2]https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200...

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you can ask
for an internal review by contacting Vasim Choudhary, Public Liaison
Manager, at [3][email address] or at the above address.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Emily Spencer

Public Liaison Team

 

 

 

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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Pass and Failure Rates of Individual Examiners'.

The information does not fall under the exemptions in section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and we are baffled as to why you would attempt to claim such an exemption.

The information requested can easily provided without revealing any personal information, whether of individuals who have taken a driving test at the centre or the individual examiners in question.

We therefore demand that this information is released without further delay and irrelevant excuses.

If it makes it easier for you, please provide anonymised data which fulfils the original lawful request.

Also, please ensure you get training to whoever has handled this request because they are clearly wrong and acting unlawfully.

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

Yours faithfully,

Calderdale Against Corruption

foi@dvsa.gov.uk, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

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Dear Mr Calderdale

Thank you for your further email of 21 May concerning our response to your request concerning pass/failure rates for examiners under our reference IA/00428/19. I note that you disagree with our reason for exempting this information and have requested an internal review.

I confirm that we maintain that the section 40 exemption used in our reply was correct; however, I believe we could have quantified further by adding in a further exemption. I will now therefore provide a further add on to our response below.

Please note this information is withheld from disclosure under section 36 (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) (2)(c) of the FoIA. Section 36(2)(c) states information, which in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person (in this instance the Parliamentary under the Secretary of State for Transport) would or would likely prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, is exempt from disclosure.

As part of our application of section 36 we are required by the act to conduct a public interest test to assess the public’s interest in disclosure of the requested information. Please see attached at Annex A our public interest test that we have conducted. You can read more information re section 36 of the FoIA via the following link: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/200...

Should you still require a formal review of your request, please advise.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne

Suzanne Durrance | Corporate Reputation
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency | The Axis Building, 112 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LP
Phone: (0115) 936 6029
 
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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Suzanne Durrance,

We reject your reasons for withholding this information and believe you are acting unlawfully in withholding this information.

As per our previous request, we would like you to pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

We intend to obtain that information and are prepared to exhaust all possible avenues to obtain it, so why not save everyone the hassle, and yourself the embarassment of having to disclose that information at some point in the future by disclosing it now?

We are positive that it IS in the public interest to know this information and it is curious as to why you think it would not.

Yours faithfully,

Calderdale Against Corruption

Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Suzanne Durrance,

As an addendum to our last correspondence to you, please note that we have not asked for information relating to "identifiable examiners" and actually clarified our request so that the data was anonymised.

The information relating to the overall pass rate is already published per test centre (and therefore the fail rate too) and we are simply asking for that data to be broken down per examiner at that given test centre.

This information can easily be provided without identifying any particular examiner because their individual pass rates are only known to themselves and their superiors.

We trust this clarifies the request we are making and that the above information will be considered when the Internal Review is conducted, unless the information is provided as requested within the original timeframe required by law.

Yours sincerely,

Calderdale Against Corruption

foi@dvsa.gov.uk, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Dear Calderdale Against Corruption

I confirm receipt of your emails requesting an internal review of our response to your foi request reference IA/00428/19. I confirm that this has been passed to the relevant department to action.

Your sincerely

Suzanne

Suzanne Durrance | Corporate Reputation
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency | The Axis Building, 112 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LP
Phone: (0115) 936 6029
 
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Dinnell, Nissa, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

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Good morning,
Please find attached my response to your request for an internal review.
I hope that this answers your query, but should you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Nissa Dinnell  | Data Protection Advisor
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency | The Axis Building, 112 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LP
Mobile tel: 0779 909 8961

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