Please provide details of the nomination of Wallace Sampson for an OBE

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Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

Wallace Sampson, the Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council, was awarded an OBE "for services to business and the community" in the New Years Honours Awards, 2020.

Please can you provide me with copies of all correspondance and testimony used to support the award.

The award of an OBE to Wallace Sampson is of great interest to the residents of the Borough, many of whom would share the opinion that Mr Sampson, as Chief Executive of the organisation, is already amply renumerated and rewarded for his role, and would question the grounds for this award. The public interest argument is further strengthened by the fact that Mr Wallace is a public servant (albeit a very highly paid one) - as such, the specifics of his role (and by extension, the justification for this award) are very much a matter of public interest.

Yours faithfully,

Jerry

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From: Jerry <[2][FOI #658509 email]>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 at 17:59
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Please provide details of the
nomination of Wallace Sampson for an OBE
To: FOI requests at Main Honours Advisory Committee
<[3][Main Honours Advisory Committee request email]>

Dear Main Honours Advisory Committee,

Wallace Sampson, the Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council, was
awarded an OBE "for services to business and the community" in the New
Years Honours Awards, 2020.

Please can you provide me with copies of all correspondance and testimony
used to support the award.

The award of an OBE to Wallace Sampson is of great interest to the
residents of the Borough, many of whom would share the opinion that Mr
Sampson, as Chief Executive of the organisation, is already amply
renumerated and rewarded for his role, and would question the grounds for
this award. The public interest argument is further strengthened by the
fact that Mr Wallace is a public servant (albeit a very highly paid one) -
as such, the specifics of his role (and by extension, the justification
for this award) are very much a matter of public interest.

Yours faithfully,

Jerry

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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

See below.

Yours sincerely,

Jerry Diccox

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CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  FOI2020/03925

Dear Jerry Diccox

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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

You have claimed exemption under section 37(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, yet the wording of your reply is identical to the wording of many other replies you have provided to similar requests from other enquirers, suggesting that this is nothing more than a stock response. There does seem to be a conspicuous incongruity between, on the one hand, the publicity which surrounds the awarding of an Honours to an individual and the secrecy which you wish to maintain about the process used to assess him or her. How can that be acceptable? Are these public or private awards?
My particular request related to an individual whose job is wholly paid for by the public. His award claims to be "For services to Business and the Community", which is a wholly meaningless statement, for a great many people have, to some extent made contributions towards "business and community", yet have not been formally recognised for so-doing. Indeed, doing so would be a normal part of their everyday lives. It is therefore clear that the public have a right to know what this banal statement means in relation to Mr Sampson and, specifically, how the Awards Committee was convinced that he, above others, has demonstrated whatever he needs to have demonstrated in order to earn this recognition. It is right and proper therefore that the statements and information used to support the award of an Honour to this public servant, are made public.

Yours sincerely,

Jerry Diccox

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CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  IR2020/05716

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