Representations by Tate Members and visitors calling on Tate to disengage from BP

Glen Tarman made this Freedom of Information request to Tate (Gallery)

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Dear The Tate Gallery,

At the Tate Members AGM 2011 on 2 December 2011 a petition (in the form of an Open Letter to Nicholas Serota) calling on Tate to disengage from BP as a sponsor was handed to the Tate Director with over 7980 names of Tate Members and visitors that had signed this petition (as at the time names were printed out - the number of signatures having exceeded 8,000 by the time the Open Letter was referred to during the formal proceedings of the AGM).

The Tate Director made a public commitment at the Tate Members AGM 2011, given that Tate Trustees "are in the process of whether or not to extend the relationship", that “the views [ ] registered will be conveyed to the Trustees. It is a decision that is going to be taken quite soon. I will certainly register to the Trustees the point that you have made today and, indeed, the number of Members that have signed this petition."

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide the following information:

1. Confirm whether this is the largest number of Tate Members and visitors that have made named representations to Tate on a single issue of concern to them a.) in 2011 b.) between 1990 and 2011.
2. Confirm whether or not the Tate Director did communicate to all the Trustees the points of the Open Letter to Nicholas Serota and the number of Members and visitors that have signed this petition regarding Tate's relations with BP.
3. Supply copies of any memos, emails, related guidance, minutes, notes and all other records of communication between i) Tate senior management and Tate trustees, ii) amongst Tate senior management, iii) amongst Tate Trustees and the Board of Trustees' sub-Committees on the issue of BP sponsorship and the views of Members and visitors on the matter between 2 December 2011 and 19 December 2011.

Especially given the scale of Tate Members and visitors that have made their views known through this direct petition I, along with others, look forward to your prompt reply.

Yours faithfully,

Glen Tarman

The Open Letter to Nicholas Serota is online here: http://liberatetate.wordpress.com/open-l...

FOI, Tate (Gallery)

Thank you for your request for information. Your request (our ref: 352)
was received on the 19th December 2011. It will be dealt with under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and we will send you a
response within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.

Kind regards

Abigail Tadjrishi

On Behalf of Tate's Freedom of Information Group

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Alison Kennedy, Tate (Gallery)

Dear Glen Tarman

I am writing to let you know that we will be unable to respond to your
request (our ref: 352, copied below) made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 within 20 working days. 

This is because Tate is considering the application of a qualified
exemption in relation to your request i.e. an exemption that is subject to
a public interest test.  In cases where a public authority is considering
the application of a qualified exemption the FOIA requires the authority
to reach its decision 'within such time as is reasonable in the
circumstances'.

Tate is considering the application of an exemption under Section 36 of
FOIA, which provides that information is exempt information if, in the
reasonable opinion of a qualified person, disclosure of this information
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the effective conduct of public
affairs.

Given the date of receipt of your request falling close to the Christmas
break, plus subsequent unforeseen issues with staff availability and the
additional need to seek the opinion of a qualified person, we have
unfortunately been unable to consider the public interest test within the
20 working day framework.  We estimate that we will be able to respond to
your request by 31 January 2012 i.e. after a further 10 working days.

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Yours sincerely
Alison Kennedy
On behalf of Tate Freedom of Information Group

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Tara Feshitan, Tate (Gallery)

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Dear Mr Tarman,
 
I write on behalf of Tate's Freedom of Information Group.  We are
currently in the process of preparing the response to your above dated
request for information under FoIA regarding BP Sponsorship of Tate and
the "open letter" Tate received in that regard.
 
My colleagues had previously written to you seeking clarification of your
request and the deadline for response had been extended to 31 January
2012.  We are currently considering the application of the section 36
exemption under FoIA in relation to your request.  This exemption
is subject to the public interest test and as such we have required more
time to finalise the response to you.  We therefore seek to extend the
deadline by a further ten (10) working days and advise you that the final
deadline for receipt of the response shall be Tuesday 14 February 2012.
 
Yours sincerely
 

Tara Feshitan
Lawyer
+44(0) 20 7887 3942

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Tara Feshitan, Tate (Gallery)

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Dear Mr Tarman
 
I attach the letter of response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, made to Tate on 19 December 2011 (the deadline for
response having been extended to 14 February 2012).
 
Yours sincerely

Tara Feshitan
Lawyer
+44(0) 20 7887 3942

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