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Dear Department of Health,

The web page at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... suggests that it is the DH Publication Scheme.

Can you confirm that this is in fact THE publication scheme, rather than a description of it,as it appears to depart from the ICO model scheme e.g.it does not mention datasets.

I can also find nothing to indicate what is actually published under the scheme as would be expected from the definition document at https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

Do you actually have any guidance on what you actually publish as suggested in this definition document? If so please provide a copy.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Bunn

Do Not Reply, Department of Health

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Dear Mr Bunn,
Thank you for your correspondence of 7 October about the Department of
Health publication scheme.  I have been asked to reply.

As you will be aware from the Department’s website, under the scheme, the
Department publishes information about:

o who it is and what it does;
o what it spends and how it spends it;
o what its priorities are and how it is doing;
o how it makes decisions;
o its policies and procedures;
o lists and registers; and
o services it offers.

The Department does not usually publish information that is:

o not held by it;
o exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act;
o in draft form; and
o not easy to access (for example, it is in archive storage).

Departmental policy and guidance on policy, including documents, is
available at:


I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Jane Spencer
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health



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Dear Department of Health,
Your response is not helpful as it does not answer my request.
Accordingly you have not responded to this FOI request within 20 working days.

Please let me have within the next 7 days either:
1. A full and proper response
2. An FOIA compliant refusal notice or
3. Confirmation that your failure to comply with the requirements of FOIA will be considered as a formal internal review with timescale fr completion.

In the absence of one of these responses I will refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office

Yours faithfully,

Alan Bunn

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health

Dear Mr Bunn,

Your request was previously allocated to a colleague but due to staffing issues has been escalated to me to complete. I am treating your request as an internal review and I will aim to reply to you within 20 working days.

I apologise for the delay incurred to date in dealing with your request.

Kind regards,

James Shewbridge
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health
39 Victoria St
London SW1H 0EU

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