Political correspondence

Mr Stringer made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like to see copies of all correspondence between BBC employees and the current coalition government, be that MP's, their empoyees or representatives, or the employees or representatives of the two coalition parties, dating back to
the start of 2009. I understand and accept the exception for all information the BBC holds for the purposes of journalism, art or literature which would other be pertinent to my request, and am only requesting such corresponce as is outside of the range of this exception.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Stringer

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Stringer,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 14th October 2012. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20121098.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Stringer,

 

Request for Information – RFI20121098.

Thank you for your below email of 14 October 2012, requesting information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).

 

I estimate that to deal with your request as it is currently worded would
take more than two and a half days; under section 12 of the Act, we are
allowed to refuse to handle the request if it would exceed the appropriate
limit. The appropriate limit has been set by the Regulations (SI
2004/3244) as being £450 (equivalent to two and a half days work, at an
hourly rate of £25). Your request as it is currently worded would exceed
the appropriate limit because there are some 20,000 employees at the BBC
and to contact each individual to enquire as to whether they had had
contact with any representative of the coalition Government would  be a
substantial exercise and we are confident that it would be well in excess
of the limit.

 

Please can you therefore to clarify your request and specify in which
areas of the BBC you would like us to search.  I am mindful of our duty
under section 16 of the Act to provide advice and assistance; we would
suggest that the Director General's Office and the Policy and Strategy
division may be most likely to hold relevant information.  Please note
that I cannot guarantee that section 12 or any other exemption may not
apply to your refined request.

Your request is on hold until I hear back from you. The period during
which a request is on hold is not included in the 20 working-day target
for us to respond. If after 20 working days I have not heard back from you
on this point of clarification, I will close your request.  

 

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

 

BBC Freedom of Information

Room 2252, BBC White City

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TS

www.bbc.co.uk/foi 

Email: [BBC request email]

 

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The Information Policy & Compliance Team,
Request for Information – RFI20121098

Apologies for the lack of clarity in my original request and many thanks for your considerate response. Please could you refine the requested search to include the trustees of the BBC and the members of the executive board.

Many Thanks,

Mr Stringer

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Stringer,

Thank you for your clarifying your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 16 October 2012. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI201098

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Stringer

 

Please find attached your response in respect of request reference number
RFI20121098.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Louise Lander

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2883

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

 

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Dear Louise Lander,
FOI Enquiries,

Thank you very much for your recent response and your suggestions as well.

"This initial search has located
approximately 2700 pieces of correspondence to and from MPs which would each need to be
retrieved and then reviewed to determine whether the correspondence concerns an MP belonging
to one of the relevant parties. "

I would like to re-clarify my request, in the first instance, to include correspondence to and from the Director-General and Chairman of the BBC from all MP's over the original time-period stated. This would save you the time of sifting through the ~2700 correspondences with MP's for only those MP's relevant to my initial request and should hopefully create little extra work for yourselves. It would be preferable if correspondence could be sorted according to correspondent and then date, time allowing.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Stringer

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Stringer,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 29th October 2012. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20121183.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear Mr Stringer

 

Please find attached the response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act, reference RFI20121183. Please accept my apologies for the
slight delay in sending this response to you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Louise Lander

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre

Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2883

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

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Dear Louise Lander, FOI Enquiries,

Thank you very much for the interesting information you have sent me so far.

I would like to narrow my request to include correspondence with:
David Cameron, Nick Clegg, William Hague, George Osborne, Kenneth Clarke, Theresa May, Liam Fox, Vince Cable, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Huhne, Edward Davey, Andrew Lansley, Michael Gove, Eric Pickles and Jeremy Hunt (MP's) during the 6 month period to the end of November 2012.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Stringer

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Stringer,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 27th November 2012. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20121392.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear Mr Stringer

 

Please find attached your response and disclosures in respect of
RFI20121392.

 

Yours sincerely

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 B6 Broadcast Centre

Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2883

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

 

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