Recruitment and regrading information

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Dear Sir or Madam,

further to the response received on 30th September 2009 relating to my request for an internal review into the response to my original request for information, I wish to request the following additional information and clarification.

Mr Cogbill's letter of 30th September stated that only two cases of temporary promotion had extended beyond 12 months (to 16 months). However the supporting annexes shows cases of temporary promotion extending beyond 3 years. In order to clear up this confusion I would formally request copies of any justification for these situations, understanding that only personal data should be excluded from release

Further I note that recruitment papers are only maintained for 12 months. I therefore request copies of all advertisements and related recruitment papers for the last 12 months, covering permanent, temporary and lateral moves into all Wales Office posts.

Finally the response showed a large number of posts within the Wales Office being "regarded". Assuming this is a mistype of "regraded" I request copies of all information relating to the regrading of all posts identified in this way in the response. Again I accept that personal data will not be released.

Yours faithfully,

David Jones

Wales Office, External E-mail,

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2006/04/0007). Wrth adael y GSI nid oedd unrhyw feirws yn gysylltiedig â’r
neges hon.
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ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am resymau cyfreithiol.

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Cafodd fersiwn gwreiddiol y neges e-bost hon ei sganio gan wasanaeth gwrthfeirysau Mewnrwyd Ddiogel y Llywodraeth (GSI) a ddarparwyd gan Cable&Wireless mewn partneriaeth â MessageLabs. (Rhif Tystysgrif CCTM 2006/04/0007). Wrth adael y GSI nid oedd unrhyw feirws yn gysylltiedig â’r neges hon.
Mae’n ddigon posibl y bydd unrhyw ohebiaeth drwy’r GSI yn cael ei logio, ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am resymau cyfreithiol.

Dear Mr Knight,

Thank you for your response to my request under the Freedom of Information Act. I am beginning to see why there are calls from certain parties to abolish the Wales Office.

I am a little perplexed by part of your responses to my requests and wonder whether you would be kind enough to clarify these for me. This request may be classified as an Internal Review.

I have had sight of Wales Office structure charts showing a number of staff on temporary promotion over the past few years. One such case has been shown on the charts consistently but does not appear on either of your responses to me. Can you please clarify the status of your Head of Press Office, and also confirm why his details have been omitted from your replies to my requests?

Your latest response states that "re-grading is not undertaken internally within the Wales Office and was a function of the M0J until August 2008." Does this mean that there are no controls over the gradings of posts at the Wales Office. How has re-grading of posts been handled since August 2008 and where is the paperwork?

From the limited information you have provided it is not possible to see how re-grading has been undertaken at the Wales Office. I would be grateful for a statement about how posts are graded at the Wales Office, and copies of any guidance or rules about re-grading.

I should tell you that I have spoken to HR staff at the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions and the National Assembly all of whom gave the response that civil service re-grading of posts should be a formal process and in all cases documented.

I have tried to link the information supplied with that on the structure charts that I have seen. It does not tally. In addition to the case mentioned above, you have listed the post of HR Manager in your responses. This post appears to have been graded at HEO prior to 2005-06 as you state "HEO post advertised but no appointment made. Post broadened to include Freedom of Information (FOl) management and offered on a TP basis." How then in March 2009 was it advertised for "Expressions of Interest from candidates up to Grade 7" with no reference to responsibility for Freedom of Information? If this post was regraded after August 2008 why has the relevant documentation relating to that regrading not been supplied?

I would be grateful for clarity on these points. I shall continue to try and tally your information with mine. Should I discover any further errors in your responses I shall be in touch.

Yours sincerely,

David Jones

Wales Office, External E-mail,

Dear Mr Jones

Thank you for your email. I will arrange for the internal review of your request to be undertaken as quickly as possible. The Wales Office has a target of replying to requests for internal reviews within 20 working days of receipt.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Knight

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Cafodd fersiwn gwreiddiol y neges e-bost hon ei sganio gan wasanaeth gwrthfeirysau Mewnrwyd Ddiogel y Llywodraeth (GSI) a ddarparwyd gan Cable&Wireless mewn partneriaeth â MessageLabs. (Rhif Tystysgrif CCTM 2006/04/0007). Wrth adael y GSI nid oedd unrhyw feirws yn gysylltiedig â’r neges hon.
Mae’n ddigon posibl y bydd unrhyw ohebiaeth drwy’r GSI yn cael ei logio, ei monitro a/neu ei chofnodi yn awtomatig am resymau cyfreithiol.

Dear Wales Office, External E-mail/Ms Adams Jones,

I remain unhappy with the way that my requests have been dealt with by your office. I feel information has been withheld without it's existence being acknowledged, and the explanations given do not concur with other information I have received from Wales Office staff members. I believe the Wales Office is being deliberately evasive with providing information and explanation.

This includes the outcome of the internal review I requested.

I think it fair to inform you that I am considering a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner. I think he will also be interested that despite a statement on your website which states quite clearly that "Information released by the Wales Office in response to an FOI will be published on this website", none of the responses to my requests have been published.

Can you please provide an explanation for this? I do not consider that this is a request under the Freedom of Information Act, so I trust that your response will be quicker than those sent previously.

Yours sincerely,

David Jones

Wales Office FOI,

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Dear Mr Jones

Thank you for your email. Please find a reply attached.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Knight
Wales Office
[email address]

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