Persons consulted on The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability

The request was refused by Cabinet Office.

Dear Cabinet Office,

I write to request the release a list of persons consulted or corresponded to by Lord Dunlop in the undertaking of The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability.

Yours faithfully,

Norm

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

Thank you for your recent email, copied below. Unfortunately, we cannot
accept a request without a full and valid name. Please provide same if you
wish to continue with this request. If we do not hear from you within two
months of the date of this email we will consider the matter closed.

 

Regards

 

 FOI Team

Room 405

70 Whitehall,

London, SW1A 2AS

 

Email: [1][Cabinet Office request email]

 

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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

See below.

Yours sincerely,

Norm Macdonald

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2020/15116

Dear Norm MacDonald,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 19th
October. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 ('the Act').

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore aim to reply at the latest by
16th November.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Dear Cabinet Office,

I received a reply to a separate request (see response here https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...) that mentioned this request.

I expect this is an administrative error and that a list of persons consulted on The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability can still be provided.

Yours faithfully,

Norm Macdonald

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FO12020/18566

Dear MORM MACDONALD,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on
14/11/2020. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 ('the Act').

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore aim to reply at the latest by
14/12/2020.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Dear Cabinet Office,

Not sure why a new reference (FO12020/18566) has been given as it is not a new request, I'm asking that the original request (Our ref: FOI2020/15116) is fulfilled.

The original deadline for providing information on FOI2020/15116 has also now passed, so it is overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Norm

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

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Dear Norm Macdonald, 
Thank you for your email. 
Please ignore our email of 16 November regarding FOI2020/18566 as it was
sent in error. 
In regards to your query concerning FOI2020/15116, the request was
aggregated with FOI2020/16378 under section 12. The Act states that when a
public authority is estimating whether the appropriate limit is likely to
be exceeded, it can include the costs of complying with two or more
requests if the following conditions are satisfied:

* if the request is made by one person, or by different persons who
appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance
of a campaign;
* made for the same or similar information; 
* received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive
working days

I apologise that this was not made clear in our response of 13 November
(attached again for ease of reference). As stated in our response, we
recommend that you limit the scope of your request and resubmit it. 
Kind regards, 
Cabinet Office

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Dear Cabinet Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Cabinet Office's handling of my FOI request 'Persons consulted on The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability'.

It would seem a strange situation that Lord Dunlop who was leading the review would not keep a record of who was officially consulted, or indeed corresponded in undertaking the 'The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability'. The original FOI request was not asking for a wide-ranging correspondence from a number of persons or departments but Lord Dunlop themselves. For public confidence in FOI, I am therefore asking that a review is undertaken into why it was adjudicated that the original request would be too onerous within the FOI time-input limitations.

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,

Norm Macdonald

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Dear Norm MacDonald,

Thank you for your request for an internal review (reference
IR2020/20162), which was prompted by our response to your request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We shall endeavour to complete the internal review and respond to you
within 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

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Please find attached the reply to your FOI request

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Team

Room 405

70 Whitehall,

London, SW1A 2AS

E-mail -[1][Cabinet Office request email] 

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Dear Eirian Walsh Atkins ,

Thanks to the Cabinet Office for prompt internal review of my Freedom of Information request (FOI2020/18566).

However I am not satisfied with the outcome, and before referring to the Information Commissioner's Office, I want to state my reasons why and give the Cabinet Office an opportunity to respond and fulfil the original request.

Thank you, also, for confirming that the information does exist and is held by the Cabinet Office.

While the request does relate to matters that can be exempt under the Freedom of Information act - "(a) the formulation or development of government policy" (which presumably also included some "(b) ministerial communications") - the FOI request was not for any of the subject matter of (a) or (b), simply a list of who was consulted in the formation of "persons consulted on The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability".

How providing a list in the public interest of who was consulted during the review would in turn impact on minister's ability to make policy or discuss policies "freely and frankly" in future is not clear. For clarity, the request has never asked for any deliberative information. It was made in the public interest so that all can be aware who was consulted in a review of an important area of government policy.

It should also be noted that within the exemptions of "ministerial communications", this only applies to communications between Ministers of the Crown, and while undertaking a government review Lord Dunlop was not a government minister.

I hope I have been able to clarify what my actual request is for, and that with it the information will be supplied promptly. If you require further clarification, please ask. I will await 20 days for a Cabinet Office response before referring to the ICO if required.

Yours sincerely,

Norm Macdonald

FOI Reference: FOI2020/18566

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

I am writing to confirm that a complaint has today been submitted to the Information Commissioner's Office regarding the Cabinet Office's handling of this Freedom of Information request.

Yours sincerely,

Norm Macdonald

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear Norm MacDonald,

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
(reference IR2020/20162).

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear Norm MacDonald,

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
(reference IR2020/20886).

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team