PO training course material (induction and others)

John Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

Could you please provide electronic copies of the training materials, including any presentations, bundles, handouts, appendixes, additional material referenced in content of documents, which are used as part of the Home Office Presenting Officer (POs) induction or any other training courses. Therefore ALL information given to the POs. The last time you provided this information to the public was up to date to December 2012. Here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

It has now been two years since then with many changes to the immigration rules and laws. Therefore I would like to request all training materials since then up to date to the most recent date. It is in the public interest to see what information is given to POs incl. policies they rely on in court. I'm aware some of this information is available online but not all of it, as can also be seen in the response up to date December 2012.

I'm looking forward to your response and thank you for your assistance in this regard.

Yours faithfully,

John Roberts

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Dear FOI Requests,

I'm afraid 21 working days has now expired and I have not received a reply. Could you kindly action my request? In the event my request is too broad, taking costs into consideration. I would be grateful if any of the training material is released of 2014. Just like you did in a previous request cited above I.e a training week. As it proofed cost effective at the time, I'm willing to narrow my request (if needed).

Your assistance in this regard is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

John Roberts

John Roberts

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within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
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[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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R Lewis left an annotation ()

Oh, I do love a good request which asks for Presenting Office training material. The Home Office pull out all the stops to prevent sharing that holy grail of information.

Dear FOI Requests,

By law you should have responded promptly and by the 21 January 2015. Please let me know the outcome of this request.

Yours sincerely,

John Roberts

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within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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John Roberts left an annotation ()

Yes, it's been two years since information like this has been released. It's time we get an update. You're right they will probably come up with reasons not to disclose.

Dear Home Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'PO training course material (induction and others)

By law the home office should have responded to my request promptly and by the 21st January. I've had no reply from the authority not even to inform me that there might be a delay in getting back to me. I would like to know the reasons as to why my request has not been responded to and if you could please action.

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,

John Roberts

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within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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FOI Requests, Home Office

John Roberts

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office

 

This will be handled as an Time Complaint of your Freedom of Information
request (case ref 33858) and has been assigned to a caseworker to
investigate and respond to you in due course.

 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Oh the joys. I wonder when they are going to respond...

John Roberts left an annotation ()

Yes the request has been delayed. Now it seems they will reply in "due course".

FOI Requests, Home Office

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Dear Mr Roberts,

 

Please find attached response for your time complaint request.

 

Regards

R Patel

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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Jokes though. They really don't like sharing their HOPO training for some reason.

John Roberts left an annotation ()

Yes makes one wonder if they have something to hide or whether there is information they don't want the public to be aware of.

Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for the apology for not responding in time. I'm looking forward to your response promptly.

Yours sincerely,

John Roberts

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request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

I am still awaiting a response to my request. I was informed on the 1st February 2015 by the officer that conducted the internal review that I would receive a response promptly.

I am awaiting your reply.

Yours sincerely,

John Roberts

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recorded information held by the department.

If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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Please find attached a response to the request made under the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

Julian Smith

Assistant Director

Appeals, Litigation and Subject Access Requests Directorate (ALS)

 

UK Visas and Immigration

General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

 

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Amit Hidri left an annotation ()

Internal review. They've released previously. Why would it now fall for refusal.

Dear Home Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'PO training course material (induction and others)'.

I received a response today 14th April 2015 in relation to my FOI request dated the 18th December 2014. The request can be found here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Julian Smith stated that the information is exempted from disclosure as per Section 36 b (II) and Section 36 (c). I will say as follow:

My request was submitted on the 18th December 2014. By virtue of Section 17 of the FOIA I should have received a response to the request the 20th working day after the receipt of the request. You did not extend time as per section 10 (3). Which is a procedural breach under section 17 (1).

As I did not receive a response, I requested an Internal Review on the 1st February 2015 to which I received a reply on the 13th February apologising for the delay and that I will receive a response shortly. After which I heard nothing from your office until today. Todays reply stated: ...."This exemption provides that information can be withheld where disclosure would, or would be likely, to cause prejudice".

As per the CIO guidance 19th March 2015 version 3 - A Government body needs to decide EITHER that there "would be" a prejudicial or inhibiting effect or that it "would be likely" that the prejudice or inhibition would occur. It is not possible to rely on both.

It is not evident from the reply how the provision of the exchange of views would be inhibited by disclosing the information requested?

Disclosure of the information would serve to further public trust and confidence in the Home Office. Non-Disclosure only promotes the perception the public has of secrecy within the Home Office. Disclosure would allow the public to be better informed, it promotes better government through transparency, accountability, public debate, better public understanding of decisions and informed as well as meaningful participation of the public in the democratic process. There is a public interest of disclosing the information as it would aid transparency as to how legislation designed to promote accountability and transparency has been applied by immigration government officials representing the Secretary of State and it would also further their integrity.

The passage of time between the submission of my request (18th December 2014) and the Home Office reply by Julian Smith (14th April 2015) is a significant consideration which have lessened the likelihood and the degree of the inhibiting effect on the exchange of views arising from disclosure of the information.

Detailed HOPO reports and hand outs, covering 11 training days, that contains similar information were made public before by the Home Office by way of an FOI request dated the 22nd December 2012.

I request that under section 1 (1) b of the FOIA that you reconsider the public interest and disclose the requested information to the public.

I have stated above the reasons why disclosing the HOPO training material outweighs the public interest in disclosing the requested information.

I am looking forward to hear from you and thank you for the time you took to consider my reply.

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,

John Roberts

FOI Requests, Home Office

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The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to
recorded information held by the department.

If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

@OP - This is a joke. How can they take so long to conduct an Internal review? - Complain to the ICO.

FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Mr Roberts

 

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review -
FOI Request CR33858.

 

Kind regards

 

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

2 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DF

 

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