Response to Corporate Plan 2018-2013

Robert King made this Freedom of Information request to Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

Please find the link to your website. https://www.hseni.gov.uk/sites/hseni.gov...

Further to reviewing this document we note that the Concerns Raised about Gas Safety and HSENI performance have been concealed from public review.

We also note that only positive reviews are listed at the top where those raising concerns are pushed to the bottom, is this how HSENI deals with industry sectors raising concerns?

Why where the 25 points raised not itemise and addressed like the other positive and supportive reviews or is this another example to silencing and suppressing information to the general public and industry which in turns brings FOI's which HSENI attempt to avoid answering and claim vexatious?

Will this document be altered to reflect the concerns raised by the trade to allow full and transparent disclosure particularly to the awarding of the new contract and public awareness for Gas Safety week and Co week and the lack of?

Why does HSENI conclude with HSEGB to withhold information information on the current contract and new CGRAS contract to enable the trade to see what we are expected to pay for as in the past secret deals were done and kept secret from the trade which possibility could be seen as fraud by joint venture?

Why does the HSENI choose to place engineers in an impossible situation in an industry with illegal fittings which according the Standards Setting board should not be fitted but HSENI are choosing to ignore and not instruct transporter to remove them instead demanding gas engineers fulfil their responsibilities when it is impossible to do so?

How can so many gas meters be fitted with meter brackets relying on pipe work for support or without supporting bracket and allowed to swing free on pipe work only, is known about by transporters? How does HSENI not know about these practises given their inspectors have visited site where these are present and previous staff had a file and not seen this corrected?

Can I have a copy of the last board meeting which would have been briefed on response to consultation on the proposed 5 year plan?

Can I have a copy of any meeting had by HSENI staff to review responses to the 5 year plan?

Is it HSENI policy to constantly attempt to cover up their failings and concerns raised with the organisation by suppressing information?

Yours faithfully,

Robert King

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

 

Dear Mr King,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Reference: FOI/170/2018

 

 

I refer to your email entitled ‘Freedom of Information request - Response
to Corporate Plan 2018-2013’, dated 15 October 2018 to HSENI.

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request.  HSENI is currently working on this
and will be in touch with you once our response is complete.

 

If you have any queries regarding this email or your request please
contact HSENI by email to [1][HSENI request email] and remember to quote our
reference, FOI/170/2018, on any future correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Laura Donnelly

HSENI

Information Management Unit

 

 

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O'Neill, Liam, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Dear Mr King,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

I refer to your request for information titled ' Freedom of Information
request - Response to Corporate Plan 2018-2013' and received by HSENI
through the 'whatdotheyknow' website.

 

As with previous requests sent to us from ‘Robert King’, I would ask that
to send us confirmation of your identity in writing and inform us of any
other names you may have used when corresponding with HSENI? An email
(sent from a verifiable email address) confirming your actual name and any
others you have used in correspondence with us will suffice.

 

Until such time as this is provided, HSENI will not progress your requests
as it considers the provisions of Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA 2000 have
not been met and as such does not consider this a valid request under the
legislation.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Liam O'Neill

Information Manager

 

HSENI

83 Ladas Drive

Belfast, BT6 9FR

Tel: 028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)

[mobile number]

Textphone: 028 9052 9304

Web: www.hseni.gov.uk

 

Dear O'Neill, Liam,

As previously I have answered this.

It appears HSENI are as they always do procrastinate and delay and then complain about costs where if they answered the requests would cost less.

I look forward to your truthful, transparent response around 25th December.

Yours sincerely,

Robert King

O'Neill, Liam, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Dear Sir,

I have checked our records and I can confirm we do not hold the written confirmation requested from yourself.

As with previous responses and previous requests I would ask that to send us confirmation of your identity in writing and inform us of any other names you may have used when corresponding with HSENI? An email (sent from a verifiable email address) confirming your actual name and any others you have used in correspondence with us will suffice.

Until such time as this is provided, HSENI will not progress your requests as it considers the provisions of Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA 2000 have not been met and as such does not consider this a valid request under the legislation.

Yours faithfully

Liam O'Neill
Information Manager

HSENI
83 Ladas Drive
Belfast, BT6 9FR
Tel: 028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)
[mobile number]
Textphone: 028 9052 9304
Web: www.hseni.gov.uk

Dear O'Neill, Liam,

I have asked for the method of confirmation several times and you have failed to confirm a methodology.

I know you request this to target those who raise concerns.

Please confirm your requirement. Blood, DNA?

Yours sincerely,

Robert King

Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's handling of my FOI request 'Response to Corporate Plan 2018-2013'.

HSENI has had proof of identity and still not answered the questions?

I believe HSENI are trying to play the game of claiming I am asking too many questions draining their rescources by deblirately not answering questions fully, honestly and with transparency to constantly require clarification questions from me. We have seen this tactic and the claim of vexatious questions as a basis to refuse to answer questions which show their failings in their duties.

I would ask for an external review carried outside the HSENI department.

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,

Robert King

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Dear Mr King

I acknowledge receipt of your recent e-mail to the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) received on 18 December 2018. I can advise a response will issue in due course.

Gail Younger
Information Management Unit
[email address]

O'Neill, Liam, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr King,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA)

 

I refer to your requests for information under the general topic headings
of:

 

1.   ‘CGRAS performance on operating Gas Safe Register in NI, appointment
and public awareness’ (received on 22/08/2018);

2.   ‘Alleged Carbon Monoxide Incident Portadown 2/8/18’ (received on
10/09/2018); and

3.   ‘Response to Corporate Plan 2018-2013’ (received on 15/10/2018).

 

Your combined emails (3) contain 87 separate requests for information and
the requests are a mix of line of business requests and requests under the
FOIA.

 

Following on from your visit to HSENI offices on 06/12/2018 where you
provided proof of identity and confirmed you have previously corresponded
with HSENI using another name, I am now in a position to respond to your
requests.

 

Taking into consideration the history of your requests (under both names)
I can advise you Section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does
not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if
the request is vexatious. After careful consideration of your request
HSENI considers it to be vexatious and we will not be responding.

 

I also note the contents of (a) your email of 14 November 2018 in which
you make the reference to the ‘laziness of staff’ in HSENI and (b) your
accusations within your requests of fraudulent behaviour on behalf of
HSENI. These accusations are totally unfounded, unreasonable and deemed to
be vexatious in themselves.

 

Furthermore, I would refer you to the ICO guidance on vexatious requests
and the identifying conditions which can be applied. The following set of
conditions apply to your requests (in addition to that noted above).

 

Abusive or aggressive language   The tone or language of the requester’s
correspondence goes beyond the level of criticism that a public authority
or its employees should reasonably expect to receive.

 

Burden on the authority       The effort required to meet the request will
be so grossly oppressive in terms of the strain on time and resources,
that the authority cannot reasonably be expected to comply, no matter how
legitimate the subject matter or valid the intentions of the requester.

 

Unreasonable persistence    The requester is attempting to reopen an issue
which has already been comprehensively addressed by the public authority,
or otherwise subjected to some form of independent scrutiny.

 

Unfounded accusations        The requester makes completely
unsubstantiated accusations against the public authority or specific
employees.

 

Frequent or overlapping requests The requester submits frequent
correspondence about the same issue or sends in new requests before the
public authority has had an opportunity to address their earlier
enquiries.

 

With regard to your request at item (3) above, I would refer you to the
ICO guidance (copied below for ease of reference) with regard to a
requestor who submits numerous requests. I consider this to clearly
demonstrate the situation with yourself and hence this vexatious condition
also applies.

 

58. A request which would not normally be regarded as vexatious in
isolation may assume that quality once considered in context. An example
of this would be where an individual is placing a significant strain on an
authority’s resources by submitting a long and frequent series of
requests, and the most recent request, although not obviously vexatious in
itself, is contributing to that aggregated burden.

 

59. The requester’s past pattern of behaviour may also be a relevant
consideration. For instance, if the authority’s experience of dealing with
his previous requests suggests that he won’t be satisfied with any
response and will submit numerous follow up enquiries no matter what
information is supplied, then this evidence could strengthen any argument
that responding to the current request will impose a disproportionate
burden on the authority.

 

I can also advise you that some of your requests fall to be considered
against our line of business regime (LOB). HSENI has invoked it’s policy
in relation to “Vexatious complaints, enquiries, unreasonable and abusive
behaviour policy” (copy attached) with regard to those requests which fall
to be answered under this regime and subsequently we will not be
corresponding with you further on this matter.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

I hope you find this information useful, but if you are dissatisfied with
the way in which HSENI has handled your request, please go to
[1]https://www.hseni.gov.uk/information-acc... which explains
the actions that are available to you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Liam O'Neill

Information Manager

HSENI
83 Ladas Drive
Belfast, BT6 9FR
Tel: 028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)
[mobile number]
Textphone: 028 9052 9304
Web: [2]www.hseni.gov.uk
Please consider the environment - do you really need to print this e-mail?

 

 

 

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Dear O'Neill, Liam,

Give the clear intent from the start to frustrate Freedom of Information requests which highlight failings of HSENI I will now pass each case to the ICO to investigate individually.

I am aware that one has already been up held for another person where your actions was to block information release.

Only once it goes outside this HSENI will it stand a chance of open honesty and transparency.

Wishing you a happy 2019

Yours sincerely,

Robert King