Respect for People from N Ireland

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Dear House of Commons,

How many people from N Ireland currently are officially labelled as Junk?
What are the criteria for such labelling?
Has clearance been obtained from the Equality Commission?

Yours faithfully,

AIDAN QUINN

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Quinn,

 

Freedom of Information request F17-419

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 October 2017, received
by us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

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Sarah Price

IRIS Support Officer
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Dear Mr Quinn,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F17-419

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked
three questions about the labelling of people from Northern Ireland, which
we have sought to address below.

 

1)  How many people from N Ireland currently are officially labelled as
Junk?

And

2)  What are the criteria for such labelling?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  We have no record
of any such official labelling, or any related criteria.

 

3)  Has clearance been obtained from the Equality Commission?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  As the House has
not attempted to apply any such label, consequently we have not sought
clearance from the Equality Commission.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Lauren

 

 

Lauren Puckey | IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

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Dear House of Commons,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's handling of my FOI request 'Respect for People from N Ireland'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
This advice would seem to be somewhat at odds with advice received from well placed Whistleblowers

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Yours faithfully,

AIDAN QUINN

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Quinn,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F17-419 – Clarification

 

Thank you for your further message, copied below.  We are happy to conduct
a full Internal Review of our response to your request, but we sometimes
find that it is quicker and more convenient for a requester in the first
instance to be provided with a clarification of our response, which we
have done below.

 

You asked three questions relating to the labelling of people from
Northern Ireland as “junk”.  The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
entitles you to recorded information held by the House of Commons.  The
House employs approximately 2000 staff, split in to 10 teams, and holds
millions of records.  As unlikely as it seemed that anyone working for the
House Administration would have reason to record that the people of
Northern Ireland are junk, we took a common sense approach to finding any
material and conducted basic searches of those key words.  This produced
no returns.

 

We accept that these searches did not cover all repositories of the
House’s records.  For example, data security restrictions mean that we
cannot undertake a central search of the recorded information held in
staff email accounts.  Teams of the House Administration may hold secure
records such as personnel files, which we cannot centrally search.  A
fuller response to your request would have been to refuse your request on
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accordance with section 12 of the FOIA.  The limit for the House of
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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Dear FOI Commons,
many thanks.

Westminster, I know, is a big place. Your speedy response is much appreciated.

It is possible that the Rt Hon John Spellar MP, a former NIO Minister, or his long term PA may be able to advise further.

If you don't mind I'll just keep the PM, Taoiseach, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Mitchell Institute in the picture. There can never be too much understanding or too much communication.
We need more, not less ,of each.

regards

Aidan Quinn

Yours sincerely,

AIDAN QUINN

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Quinn,

 

 

Thank you for your email; we are always happy to assist where we can.

 

It may help you to know that contact details for John Spellar MP can be
found on the Parliamentary website here: 
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/com....

 

Please let us know if you require any other recorded information that may
be held by the House of Commons.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

         
Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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Dear FOI Commons,
You're very good.

Please don't waste any more time on this particular FOI Enquiry.
FOI Enquiries were never meant to be burdensome.
You obviously don't hold the requested information and I'm happy with that.
Good Luck

Yours sincerely,

AIDAN QUINN

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