Process leading to publication of procurement policy note on use of open standards

Gerry Gavigan made this Freedom of Information request to Cabinet Office

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Dear Cabinet Office,

On 31 January 2011 Cabinet Office published the Procurement Policy Note - Use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements, (Action Note 3/11)

Please will you disclose to me, in electronic form;

- any background papers forming part of the process leading to publication

- the dates and agenda of any meetings called to discuss the topic

- the names of those who attended such meetings

- the names of any third parties who were present at such meetings

- the minutes of those meetings

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Gavigan
Open Source Consortium

Cabinet Office

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Dear Gerry Gavigan

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Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

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Dear Gerry

Please see attached letter which discloses some of the information you
requested,, and advises that we need more time to consider the remaining
part of your request.

With regards

Ruth

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Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

Dear Gerry

This is to let you know that we need a little more time to consider the
public interest in disclosing the remaining information held for your
request. I hope to be able to provide you with a response in the next two
weeks, i.e. by 4 July 2011. I am sorry for the delay in responding to
you.

With regards

Ruth

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Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

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Dear Gerry

I attach our response to the remaining part of your request. I apologise
for the delay in responding on this point.

With regards

Ruth

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Dear Ms Carrod

Thank you for your reply. May I seek clarification?

In the briefing note you supplied (thank you), you suggest that the survey issued by Cabinet Office on standards is actually a consultation.

I do not think that is correct.

As you are aware, a consultation is a formal process with a set of rules that do not appear to have been used in the formulation of the survey.

Please would you clarify?

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Gavigan

Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

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Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

Dear Gerry

Thank you for your e-mail below. I've passed this on to the relevant business area and hope to be able to let you have an answer soon.

Kind regards

Ruth

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Carrod, Ruth - Cabinet Office,

Dear Gerry

Regarding your request for clarification below: the reference to ‘consultation’ appears in the final paragraph headed ‘Note to applicant’ at the end of the Briefing Note. The reference to ‘consultation’ was incorrect and it should have been described as a ‘survey’, which is the terminology used in the Briefing Note, or as an ‘informal consultation’, which was how it was listed on the Cabinet Office website.

I apologise for any confusion the wording in our response may have caused.

With regards

Ruth

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Ruth Carrod LLM | Knowledge and Information Management Unit | Cabinet Office | Rosebery Court St Andrew's Business Park Norwich NR7 0HS | Tel: +44 (0) 1603 704877

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