Request for copies of internal emails / documents re "international expert"

Charles Arthur made this Freedom of Information request to Ordnance Survey

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Previous FOI enquiries have related to the identity of the "international expert" who reviewed OS's "International Comparison of Geographical Information Trading Models" prepared in 2008/9.

OS has declined to name the "expert".

I request copies of all emails and/or documents internally relating to the decision to choose this person - for example, discussion of who would be suitable candidates or who would not be suitable candidates to carry out the review of the report.

I agree that, for reasons of privacy, some names of those considered and of some of the senders/receivers of the information internally may have to be redacted. I would expect this to be kept to a minimum.

However as the study is officially the responsibility of OS's chief executive I would expect that where the chief executive's name appears in such documents that it should not be redacted as the chief executive was in overall charge of the decision. Similarly I would not expect the names of any OS board members to be redacted in such correspondence as they must have a secondary responsibility for the report.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Arthur

Customer Services, Ordnance Survey

Our Ref: SAP72547

Dear Mr Arthur,

Thank you for your email dated 2 November 2009, requesting "copies of all emails and/or documents internally relating to the decision to choose this person."

Please note that Ordnance Survey is considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). As your request was received by us on 2 November 2009 we will provide you with a full response within 20 working days as required by the FOIA, meaning by 1 December 2009.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact Customer Services on: 08456 05 05 05.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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Karen McGrath, Ordnance Survey

Dear Charles

Ordnance Survey reference: 72547

Thank you for your email dated 3 November 2009 requesting:

copies of all emails and/or documents internally relating to the decision
to choose this person [`expert'] - for example, discussion of who would be
suitable candidates or who would not be suitable candidates to carry out
the review of the report.
I regret to inform you that Ordnance Survey is unable to help you with
your enquiry as we do not hold this information. There was no decision
process in place to find suitable candidates. An opportunity presented
itself to request the opinion of a global expert in this field which was
undertaken orally. The resultant opinion was expressed orally and there
was no permanent record made of these conversations.

Please note that your enquiry has been processed to Freedom of Information
guidelines. If you are unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal
to our Appeals Officer at:

Complaints Team Customer Service Centre, Ordnance Survey, Romsey Road
SOUTHAMPTON SO16 4GU

Please include the reference number above. The Appeals Officer will ensure
that the process has been followed correctly, questioning any decisions
taken regarding the original response and recommending disclosure of
additional information if appropriate.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Karen

Karen McGrath
Corporate Office, Ordnance Survey
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