Protector report

Allan Richards made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please provide a copy the Canal & River Trust Protector Report for the financial year 2015/16.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Richards
 
Please find attached an acknowledgement letter for your request for
information received on 20 September 2016.
 
Regards
 
Guy Mawhinney
Information Rights Team
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

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Dear Mr Richards,  
 
Please see the attached response to your request for information.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Guy Mawhinney
Information Rights Team
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Protector report'.

Defra has refused this request claiming that it has receiveded a draft report, wishes to fully consider it, and may pose further questions. Furthermore, it suggests that the final report will be published by Canal & River Trust.

The two previous reports in the public domain are are in the form of letters to the Secretary of State dated 20 August 2015 and 24 August 2014 but not published until December 2015 and December 2014.

As such, it would appear that DEFRA may hold the final report but simply do not wish to diclose it.

Bearing in mind the the failure of C&RT's hedging policy last year, I would ask the reviewing officer to reconsider the public interest test and make available the information requested (in draft or final form) such that that the public is reasured that apprpriate action is being taken.

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,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Helpline, Defra (MCU),

I refer to my request - 'Protector report', full details bof which can be found at -

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

This request was made on 20 September and on 24 October I asked you to consider your response.

In particular, I wrote,
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Bearing in mind the the failure of C&RT's hedging policy last year, I would ask the reviewing officer to reconsider the public interest test and make available the information requested (in draft or final form) such that that the public is reasured that appropriate action is being taken.
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Whilst you acknowledged the request the same day, almost six weeks you still have not responded.

Please respond within the next two working days.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
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then, please call the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77, or visit
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Best wishes,
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Dear Helpline, Defra (MCU),

Having sent you an email, on your failure to respond within 20 days to a request for internal review, it is of little use providing me with a response saying that you will reply within 20 days!

Having waited for almost six weeks, I have asked you to respond within two woking days ...

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
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We often receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
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unfortunately we cannot reply to each email when such large volumes are
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Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Dear Mr Richards -

In response to your e-mail of 4 December, I am sorry that we have not been able to conclude this internal review within the 20 working days. As you may know, although the legislation allows for a maximum of 40 working days to complete reviews (which would give a final deadline of 19 December), Defra strives to carry these out within 20 days so I am sorry we have not done so in this case. I have been informed that the review should be completed in the next week or so and you should therefore expect to receive a response shortly.

Regards,
Guy Mawhinney
Information Rights Team

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who is conducting the review of my FOI request 'Protector report'.

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I refer to the following email received today -

Dear Mr Richards -

In response to your e-mail of 4 December, I am sorry that we have not been able to conclude this internal review within the 20 working days. As you may know, although the legislation allows for a maximum of 40 working days to complete reviews (which would give a final deadline of 19 December), Defra strives to carry these out within 20 days so I am sorry we have not done so in this case. I have been informed that the review should be completed in the next week or so and you should therefore expect to receive a response shortly.

Regards,
Guy Mawhinney
Information Rights Team
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I believe this to be incorrect and that Defra are deliberately attempting to mislead me regarding timescale. The Information Commissioners Office expects you to carry out internal reviews within the same timescales as those set for responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. In short -

- You should reply promptly.
- In any event, you should reply within 20 working days.
- If you require more time, you should give your reasons within the 20 working days.

You have failed on all of the above ...

Perhaps, you would care to confirm this and provide an explanation as to why it is taking you so long to carry out a very simple review.

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,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
working days where a response is required, and 20 working days where a
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Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you need a reply before
then, please call the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77, or visit
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We often receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
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unfortunately we cannot reply to each email when such large volumes are
received.
Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
 

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Dear Mr Richards,
 
Please see the attached response to your request for an internal review of
this case.
 
 
Information Rights Team
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 
 
 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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