Report of the Public Inquiry into Oxendon House, Bedfordshire County: Author (Roycroft and Witham, 1994)

Cathy Fox made this Freedom of Information request to Central Bedfordshire Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Dear Central Bedfordshire Council,

Please could you send me a copy of the Report of the Public Inquiry into Oxendon House, Bedfordshire County: Author (Roycroft and Witham, 1994)

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dear Ms Fox,

Information Request

Thank you for your request received on 7th October 2013.

We will deal with your request within 20 working days, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case I will let you know. A fees notice will be sent to you and you will be required to pay before we proceed with your request.

If you have any questions about the contents of this email, please do not hesitate to contact the access to information email address quoting reference:
FOI461-2013-14 JM in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Customer Relations & Information Officer
Customer Services
Improvement & Corporate Services

Central Bedfordshire Council Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
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Jackie Mew, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Dear Ms Fox

Please find attached Central Bedfordshire Council's response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying.

Yours sincerely

Jackie Mew

Policy and Performance Manager

Partnerships and Performance

Social Care, Health & Housing

Central Bedfordshire Council Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1LF

Direct Dial: 0300 300 5516 | Internal: 75516 | [mobile number] | Email: [email address]

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Dear Jackie ,

Thank you for your response.
Unfortunately the archive is not reasonably accessible to me, as required by law.
As the Council do hold this document, please could you scan it and send it to me via this email, and also perhaps publish it on your website

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dear Ms Fox,

We received your request for information on 7th October 2013.

Unfortunately it is taking longer than expected to deal with your request as this relates to a matter prior to the existence of Central Bedfordshire Council and it has taken sometime to establish who within the Council may be able to locate any information held. I am sorry that we haven't replied in time but please be assured that we wish to make sure the request is completed thoroughly.

We hope that we can send a response to you by 2nd December 2013.

If you have any questions about the contents of this email, please do not hesitate to contact the access to information email address quoting reference:
FOI461-2013-14 PT in any future communications.

Customer Relations & Information Officer
Customer Services
Improvement & Corporate Services

Central Bedfordshire Council Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
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FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Dear Ms Fox,

Please find attached Central Bedfordshire Council's response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely

Customer Relations & Information Officer
Customer Services
Improvement & Corporate Services
Central Bedfordshire Council Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
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Dear Anonymous Customer relations
FOI and Data Protection Request,131122 Fox 461

Thank you for your interesting reply.
You unequivocably stated
"Please note that Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states that in cases where the information requested is readily accessible in the public domain the Council does not need to provide the information under the act, but should tell the requestor where they can access it. This applies in your case."

Please provide the information that this applies in my case.

I am stating that is not reasonably accessible as I live nowhere near Bedfordshire and ask that it be scanned and released as requested

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dear Ms Fox,

Thank you for your email. This has now been passed to the Information Governance Manager to undertake a review.

Yours sincerely

Customer Relations & Information Officer
Customer Services
Improvement & Corporate Services
Central Bedfordshire Council Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
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David Sinclair, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Dear Ms Fox,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

David Sinclair

Information Governance Manager

Information Assets

Central Bedfordshire Council First Floor Annex, Technology House,
Bedford, MK42 9QQ

Direct dial: 03003006134 | Internal:76134 |
Email:[email address]

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Dear David Sinclair,

Thank you for your response.

If I understand correctly.

You hold the report - you have to, to claim exemption S21 that it is reasonably accessible to me.
It is available by email you say from your archive.
Then please send it to me under FOI Act 2000.

I wish it in electronic format as I am applying to you by email.
If on the contrary you are refusing then under what section of the act are you refusing to supply me with the act? S21 that it is readily accessible from yourselves?

The real answer seems to be that you do not want to provide it whatever the law.

Please clarify for me.

Please cost the scanning of the pages

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

David Sinclair, Central Bedfordshire Council

I am now out of the office until Wednesday 18th December and my email is
not being monitored.  If your email is urgent please try either John Beale
or Matt Scott.  Alternatively I will respond on my return

Many thanks

David Sinclair
Information Manager

 

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Alan Winter left an annotation ()

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

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Request made to Archives office : http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_de...

Response made by Archives Office 8/10/13:
"Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
The information you requested is part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, and it will have to be consulted on the premises. If you would like to view this report you will need to visit the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service and ask to view the report. Please ask for Martin Deacon and quote reference CC/Pu4/18."

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To contact the FOI office, to get an idea on copying costs, I suggest the applicant contacts Martin Deacon at the Bedford office: Freedom of Information
01234 267422
freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

David Sinclair, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dear Ms Fox,

I'm sorry if my response was not clear. The report is held by the archives but only as a hard copy. It would therefore have to be scanned/photocopied in order for you to obtain a copy so it cannot just be emailed to you as requested.

You are welcome to contact the archives who I am sure will be happy to help.

Many thanks,

David Sinclair
Information Governance Manager
Information Assets
Central Bedfordshire Council First Floor Annex, Technology House, Bedford, MK42 9QQ
Direct dial: 03003006134 | Internal:76134 | Email:[email address]
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Dear David Sinclair,

Please could you state under which part of the FOI Act it is my responsibility to do this, rather than the Central Bedfordshire County FOI Department.
You state The County hold the information therefore i believe it is your responsibility.
Further if you show the Act to say it is my responsibility I would wish to do it via this website. Could you therefore send the request on to them in order that they reply on this website.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

David Sinclair, Central Bedfordshire Council

Dear Ms Fox,

 

We have already informed you that Central Bedfordshire Council does not
hold a copy of the report itself but there is a hard copy held at the
archives.  We have told you how you can obtain a copy (which does not
necessarily involve visiting the archives in person) and have provided you
with their contact details.  Although it is likely that there will be a
charge for providing a copy of the report, the Act still holds that the
information is reasonably accessible.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response, then you are welcome to appeal
to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Alternatively you may
contact the Archive directly who will be able to help you to obtain a copy
as previously explained.  As there is nothing more that we can add to our
responses, we will not respond to any further correspondence or queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Sinclair

Information Governance Manager

Information Assets

Central Bedfordshire Council First Floor Annex, Technology House,
Bedford, MK42 9QQ

Direct dial: 03003006134 | Internal:76134 |
Email:[email address]

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Dear David Sinclair,

If you do not hold the document the correct response is to say that you do not hold the information.
If you do hold the document then the correct response is to say that you do hold the document and provide it.
You cannot claim S21 unless you hold the document
You cannot say we do not hold it and claim S21.
Is the archive owned by Central Bedfordshire Council?

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Dear Central Bedfordshire Council,

In December last year i asked the following questions to which i have received no response. Please could you reply as is the councils duty under the FOI Act 2000.

"If you do not hold the document the correct response is to say that
you do not hold the information.
If you do hold the document then the correct response is to say
that you do hold the document and provide it.
You cannot claim S21 unless you hold the document
You cannot say we do not hold it and claim S21.
Is the archive owned by Central Bedfordshire Council?"

Can i also ask who owns the copyright to the report?
How much will it cost the council to scan the report and send it to me?

I feel that you are not interpreting the Act and ICO guidance correctly, and if you continue to refuse to send it me , i will pursue the matter.
Notwithstanding the FOI Act, I ask that the council send me a copy on compassionate grounds so that victims may start coming to terms with their abuse.

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Dear Ms Fox

Please find attached Central Bedfordshire Council's response to your
request under the Freedom of Information 2000.

Kind regards

Joanne Mulliner
Joanne Mulliner
Customer Relations
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Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
Direct Dial: 0300 300 4179| Internal: 74179  |  Email:
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FOI and Data Protection Request, Central Bedfordshire Council

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Dear Ms Fox

Please find attached Central Bedfordshire Council's response to your
request under the Freedom of Information 2000.

Kind regards

Joanne Mulliner
Joanne Mulliner
Customer Relations
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Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ
Direct Dial: 0300 300 4179| Internal: 74179  |  Email:
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