Please provide pdf of the infant mortality report that followed questions by Darren Johnson AM in 2010

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Here are the questions by Darren Johnson and I should be grateful if a pdf of the subsequent report could be provided:

http://legacy.london.gov.uk/assembly/ass...

Incinerators
Question No: 41 / 2010
Darren Johnson
A constituent asks, is there any evidence to suggest that the SELCHP and Kings College Hospital incinerators which flank Southwark contributed to the Borough having the highest infant mortality rate in London in 2008?

Infant morality rates
Question No: 42 / 2010
Darren Johnson
Will you publish electoral ward-level data and a map showing the 2002-2008 infant mortality rates in London?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Ryan

Greater London Authority

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Dear Mr Ryan,

Please find attached the response to your FOI request received on 21 May
2019.

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Paulina Tuffour
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Here are the questions by Darren Johnson and I should be grateful if a pdf
of the subsequent report could be provided:

http://legacy.london.gov.uk/assembly/ass...

Incinerators
Question No: 41 / 2010
Darren Johnson
A constituent asks, is there any evidence to suggest that the SELCHP and
Kings College Hospital incinerators which flank Southwark contributed to
the Borough having the highest infant mortality rate in London in 2008?

Infant morality rates
Question No: 42 / 2010
Darren Johnson
Will you publish electoral ward-level data and a map showing the 2002-2008
infant mortality rates in London?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Ryan

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Dear Greater London Authority,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Greater London Authority's handling of my FOI request 'Please provide pdf of the infant mortality report that followed questions by Darren Johnson AM in 2010'.

The response is unsatisfactory for several reasons and I suggest that whoever carries out the internal investigation contacts Jessica Chamberlain or her successor as the following was at the bottom of page 10 of the report that Ms Tuffour seemed to think might not have been produced by the words “if it was once held”, used in her response:

“For more information please contact Jessica Chamberlain, Research & Statistical Analyst, Intelligence Unit, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA
Tel: 020 7983 4347 e-mail: [email address]

1. The GLA was alerted to the ongoing issue of elevated rates of infant mortality in electoral wards exposed to incinerator emissions by me via email on 6 November 2006 with the subject heading “Infant mortality rates around Edmonton incinerator 2003-5”. Your reference number MGLA061106-0335 was allocated and the matter being deemed as not urgent and the case closed on 13 November 2016, around 5 months before the London Health Observatory (LHO) told Harriet Grant, the BBC Radio London reporter who’d travelled to my home to record an interview about my research on 12 April 2007, that their experts had informed them that there was no link between air pollution and infant mortality. The LHO kindly sent me copies of email correspondence with the BBC, but later claimed (in their FoI response) to be unable to recall the name(s) of their expert advisers.

2. The “unavailable” report (full text of first page pasted below) started as follows:

“This Update has been produced in response to a constituent’s query to London Assembly member Darren Johnson. The GLA Demography team have previously not published any Updates on infant mortality, and so have acted in response to this external interest. Furthermore the GLA now holds a good time series of infant mortality data making such analysis possible.
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the number of deaths to infants aged less than 1 year per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is strongly associated with prematurity, low birthweight and multiple births. Prematurity and low birthweight are associated with the socio-economic status of mothers, and there is a clear trend for increased mortality among births occurring to more socially disadvantaged mothers.”

3. Your GLA Demography team must have known that Chingford Green wasn’t a “deprived” ward and yet had a very high infant mortality rate as I mentioned in my email of 6 November 2006 and which was reported in the Waltham Forest Guardian on 2 August 2007:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15...
4. Someone at the GLA must have been aware that three of the incinerators in the incinerator/infant mortality study that was first promised in 2011 (and published over seven years later) affect many parts of London and those three incinerators were also subject of press articles about my research in April and May 2007. The Enfield Advertiser’s three-page article of 25 April 2007 had the headline “THE BABY KILLER” across a picture of the Edmonton incinerator and that article was picked up by the Sunday Express of 29 April 2007:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/5688/In...

The Colnbrook incinerator was on the front page of the Harrow Observer of 3 May 2007:

http://www.st-ig.co.uk/harrow_observer.h...

The SELCHP incinerator was pictured in the South London Press article of 4 May 2007:

http://www.st-ig.co.uk/south_london_pres...

4. Your Demography team could have produced graphs showing sudden rises in the rates of infant mortaliy and low birthweight babies in Lewisham after SELCHP incinerator started operating, as they show that it’s wrong to blame high infant mortality on low socioeconomic status. I’ve pasted in some graphs, including ONS datad for Lewisham, illustrating sudden post-incinerator rises in rates of infant mortality etc. after in my November 2017 submission to the EFRA committee:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidenc...

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,

Michael Ryan

Greater London Authority

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Thank you for the acknowledgement of my request for an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Ryan

Greater London Authority

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Dear Greater London Authority,

Thank you for acknowledging my request for an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Ryan

Greater London Authority

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Please provide pdf of the infant mortality report that followed questions
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Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

Dear Mr Ryan

I am writing to confirm receipt of your request for an internal review,
which the Greater London Authority (GLA) received on 18 June 2019.

We are currently reviewing our response to your FOI request (reference
MGLA210519-3133) and the internal review has been logged under reference
MGLA190619-5310.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Phillips
Information Governance Officer

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Thank you for your acknowledgment of my request for an internal review. In my initial post I said I'd paste in the text of the first page & here it is:

GLA Intelligence Update
DMAG Demography Team
Infant Mortality: 2002 to 2008
Background
This Update has been produced in response to a constituent’s query to London Assembly member Darren Johnson. The GLA Demography team have previously not published any Updates on infant mortality, and so have acted in response to this external interest. Furthermore the GLA now holds a good time series of infant mortality data making such analysis possible.
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the number of deaths to infants aged less than 1 year per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is strongly associated with prematurity, low birthweight and multiple births. Prematurity and low birthweight are associated with the socio-economic status of mothers, and there is a clear trend for increased mortality among births occurring to more socially disadvantaged mothers.
Methodology
Births, deaths and IMR data are available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The annual IMR is provided at national, regional and local authority levels. The average IMR for 2002-08, shown in this Update, was calculated by summing infant deaths and births over these seven years and calculating the IMR for this period.
Ward level infant mortality was calculated using ward level births and infant deaths from ONS. The ONS disclosure control rules specify that rates based on fewer than five births or deaths (including zero) must be suppressed. The number of infant deaths at a ward level each year is very low, so in order to satisfy the disclosure conditions data had to be aggregated over several years (2002 to 2008). Aggregating the data over several years also makes the data more robust at a ward level, as the small numbers mean there will be random variation from year to year. With seven years worth of data 40.0 per cent of wards still had less than 5 deaths in total between 2002 and 2008. These wards therefore were excluded from ward level analysis. However, the deaths in these wards were included in analysis at the borough and regional level.
The IMR data presented here is Crown Copyright and must be sourced as such. It cannot be used for sale, advertising purposes or commercial gain.
Results
Borough results
Table 1 shows infant mortality rates from 2002 to 2008. Infant mortality declined in both London and England and Wales over the seven years from 2002 to 2008. London experienced a greater decrease in its IMR than England and Wales as a whole. London went from having higher infant mortality than England and Wales in 2002 to infant mortality being lower in the capital compared with England and Wales as a whole. A clear decrease in infant mortality from year to year can also be seen for Inner and Outer London areas. However, in every year Inner London had higher infant mortality compared with Outer London. This is consistent with Inner London having higher levels of deprivation than Outer London.
Update
09-2010 May 2010
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