Prime Minister's Lecturn. Rules for use and costs

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Dear Prime Minister's Office,

I make this request under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Regulations

I wish to know what information you hold about the lectern(or lecterns) that is used by a prime minster for various formal announcements made outside 10 Downing Street and elsewhere.

A reporter observed that the lectern which had been brought out on one recent occasion bore the arms that are associated with the office of the prime minister, adding that whatever was about to be said from behind it must therefore be to do with the office of the prime minister and not any party political matter. What are the rules about what may be said from behind such a lectern and who enforces any such rules that might exist.

How many lecterns, with the PM arms thereon, are there? Where are they kept and what is the cost of producing it , or them, at various events around the country (such as West Yorkshire's Training HQ recently) Figures for any recent year, or other convenient period, will suffice.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Todd

Dear Prime Minister's Office,

You have recently stated that the PM will abide by the law.
Please do so in respect of this FOI

Yours faithfully,

tim todd

FOI Team Mailbox, Prime Minister's Office

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Dear Prime Minister's Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Prime Minister's Office's handling of my FOI request 'Prime Minister's Lecturn. Rules for use and costs'.

I simply do not believe the reply that is to the effect that No 10 have no knowledge of the lectern and its use. I doubt anyone believes such a claim.

I raised this request following two occasions of its use that caught my eye. On one, the news reporter said that as the lectern wheeled out in front of No 10 bore the PM's crest, the speech that was to follow must be about government and not party matters. The comment indicated that there were protocols attached to its use.

On the second occasion a PM crested lectern was wheeled out in front of a crowd of police officers at their training academy. I know that such lecterns are not kept at such academies for use should a PM call by and wish to make use of same. That being the case it seemed an extravagant use of taxpayers money to trundle such items about the country but I wished to check the facts first.

I believe that somebody at the Prime Ministers Office must know , and therefore request an internal review before referring the matter to the ICO.

If the Prime Minister's Office does not know anything about its own regular use of the lectern outside of No 10, or of any such records, then they should discharge their duty to help me find out who does know.

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,

Tim Todd

FOI Team Mailbox, Prime Minister's Office

CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  IR328553

Dear Tim Todd

Thank you for your request for an internal review. Your request was
received on 11/10/2019 and is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This email is just a short acknowledgement of your request.

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Yours sincerely,

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tim todd left an annotation ()

Pure BS I feel sure. About the time of the reply Johnson gave an address from a podium that did not bear the PM coat of arms. Wonder how they worked that one out without something on the subject being recorded to guide them. Meanwhile we have no idea of the cost of toting such objectives around the country.
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