Proposals for FOI charges
The request was refused by Cabinet Office.
Dear Cabinet Office,
I would like to request any information held in documents, emails or other correspondence which outline proposals for changes to the fees and charging elements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and which show who has been involved in those discussions, both within the Cabinet Office and in other departments. I would also like to receive any assessment or consideration that has been made into the effect on the number of requests that these changes might involve.
if you believe that to locate all of this information might risk exceeding the FOI cost ceiling, the main focus of my request is the proposals themselves.
If you are concerned about the effect that this might have on the free or frank nature of ongoing discussions, or the effect on the formulation of government policy, please take into account the inevitably strong public interest in openness and transparency when discussing changes to openness and transparency, particularly in the light of the Prime Minister's assertion that the Coalition would be the most transparent government in history. Given that the Justice Committee is currently holding open and transparent sessions into the operation of FOI, there is a huge public interest in revealing whether the Government is separately and secretly working on proposals for change without waiting for the Parliamentary Committee to report.
Dear Tim Turner
The Cabinet Office does not hold information relevant to your request. Please be advised to contact the Ministry Of Justice regarding this request at www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-ri... as they are the body dealing with this.
Dear Cabinet Office,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Cabinet Office's handling of my FOI request 'Proposals for FOI charges'.
Assuming such proposals exist and have been erroneously attributed to the Cabinet Office instead of the Ministry of Justice, it is surely possible - if not likely - that the MoJ have shared the details with staff at the Cabinet Office by email, note or letter. I am slightly concerned that you were able to establish that no such information is held by the Cabinet Office in three working days during a bank holiday week.
I would like a review of the search carried out to establish that no information is held. I would also ask you to confirm that you have not simply passed me over to the MoJ as the responsible department, and that a reasonable and proportionate search was actually carried out to answer my original request. Details of how the search was carried out would assist with this.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE: IR316465
Dear TIM TURNER
Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received on
16/4/2012 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.
If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
Knowledge and Information Management Unit
E: [Cabinet Office request email]
<mailto:[Cabinet Office request email]>
Dear Tim Turner
Please see attached the reply to your internal review request.
Knowledge and Information Management (CSG)
Room 1.35 |Admiralty Arch |London SW1A 2WH
Email: [Cabinet Office request email]