Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

Could you please provide me with a list of all expenditure (fees, costs etc) incurred by the Department for Transport associated with legal action against the landowner at the south end of Queensbury Tunnel (West Yorkshire) since 1st January 2010. Please include the date of each payment, its value and a brief summary as to what the payment covers.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

Department for Transport

Dear Graeme,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0017356.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Governance Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Sam Buckmaster, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Bickerdike,

 

Please find attached the response to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards,

Sam

 

[1][IMG]          Sam Buckmaster 
Property Management Support, Group Property 

Floor 11, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
Westminster, London, SW1H OTL  

07977 407920       
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

Post to: Great Minster Hse, 33 Horseferry Rd, London,
SW1P 4DR

 

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Graeme Bickerdike

FAO Sam Buckmaster

I am writing to request an internal review of the Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Queensbury Tunnel legal fees/costs', your reference F0017356.

In suggesting that disclosure in this case "would place the Department at a commercial disadvantage as disclosure would reduce its ability to negotiate future legal rates and thus reduce its competitiveness in a commercial environment if it is publicly known how much the Department was prepared to pay" suggests that you have inferred a deeper level of expected detail within your response than I actually intended. I was certainly not seeking information that would have enabled specific rates to be estimated.

Could I ask therefore that you simply provide me with a list of dates on which payments relating to legal action/activity against the landowner were made, together with the total value of the payment? You would presumably agree that without some context as to what the payment related to, it would be impossible to draw any meaningful conclusion as to the applicable rates.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Bickerdike

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear Mr Bickerdike,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of FOI response F0017356. We aim to respond to you on or before the 26th June 2019.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
FOI Advice Team, Governance Division, Group Assurance and Digital Directorate

Department for Transport
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA

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Sam Buckmaster, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Bickerdike,

 

We have received your request for an internal review and regret to inform
you that the review is taking longer than originally anticipated.

 

As such, we are going to extend the deadline for the internal review by 20
working days. We therefore plan to give you a reply on or before the 24^th
of July 2019.

 

Kind regards,

Sam

 

[1][IMG]          Sam Buckmaster 
Property Management Support, Group Property 

Floor 11, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
Westminster, London, SW1H OTL  

07977 407920       
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

Post to: Great Minster Hse, 33 Horseferry Rd, London,
SW1P 4DR

 

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Deepak Patel, Department for Transport

2 Attachments

Dear Mr Bickerdike

 

Further to your request for an Internal Review dated 29 May 2019. Please
see the attached response.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

[1][IMG]          Deepak Patel 
Freedom of Information Adviser, Group Assurance 

4/32, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR         
[2]Follow us on twitter @transportgovuk 

 

 

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