Philip Rycroft emails

The request was refused by Department for Exiting the European Union.

Dear Department for Exiting the European Union,

please can you provide all emails sent or received by Philip Rycroft, the Permanent Secretary, between Monday 11 June 2018 00:00 (GMT) and Tuesday 12 June 2018 23:59 (GMT). Please include attachments where files were attached to emails.

If individual emails or attachment are withheld or redacted for any reason, please state with exemption applies to each instance of withholding.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

John Roberts

DEXEU Freedom of Information Team Mailbox, Department for Exiting the European Union

Dear John Roberts,
Thank you for your FOI request, reference DEX001260. We will now respond
in line with the Freedom of Information Act.
Kind regards, 
DExEU FOI Team

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Dear John Roberts,

Thank you for your FOI request, reference DEX001260. Please find our
attached response.

Kind regards,

DExEU FOI Team 

Freedom of Information Team

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Dear DEXEU Freedom of Information Team,
thank you for your message.

I'm afraid I can't agree with your assessment that the request lacks serious purpose or value. The reason I framed the request in the way that I did is that I believe that Mr Rycroft sent and received a number of emails relating to the EU Withdrawal Bill (now Act) during those days which are in my (and the public) interest. However, the difficulty that I face is that I obviously don't know the precise subject line/title of these emails. I can also not be sure whether the emails only concerned the Bill, or whether his comments I was interested in were in "multi-topic" emails.

I am fairly certain that if I asked for all emails on a particular topic, this would be refused as s12 because it would cost too much for someone to go through each and every email and determine whether it is responsive to my request.

Hence I had asked for all emails to be provided, as this will occur less costs under s12 (of course, the cost of reviewing whether any of the information in the emails falls within one of the FOIA exemptions cannot be counted under s12).

May I ask you to reconsider (either informally, or else by way of Internal Review) whether this request is vexatious?

Alternatively, it would be helpful to receive a list of all the subject lines/titles of the emails responding to my original request - then I could more clearly identify which emails I would be interested in (and this would then of course meet the serious purpose test).

Yours sincerely,

John Roberts

DEXEU Freedom of Information Team Mailbox, Department for Exiting the European Union

Dear John Roberts, 
This email confirms that we have received your internal review request on
FOI DEX001260. The Department will now conduct an internal review and will
contact you once this has been concluded.
Kind regards, 
DExEU FOI team

Freedom of Information Team

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DEXEU Freedom of Information Team Mailbox, Department for Exiting the European Union

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Dear Mr Roberts,
DExEU has completed its internal review of your request for information
(DEX001260).  The outcome of that review is attached.
Kind regards,
DExEU FOI Team

Freedom of Information Team

9 Downing Street | London | SW1A 2AG
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