Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit

I refer to my FoI request to the DExEU: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

And their response: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

In the response to Item 5a, DExEU says: “We can confirm that DExEU does not hold this information. This exercise relied on expertise and involvement from across Government, and we are as such unable to ascertain the effort in days that went into producing these studies.”

I now have the following questions of your department. I would be grateful if you would answer these questions on behalf of your department and those government agencies reporting through your department. If you are unable to report on behalf of your agencies, please let me know and I will make further FoI requests directly to those agencies.

1 Did your department (or associated agencies) have any role in the production of any of the studies referred to in the above referenced FoI request and response from DExEU?

2 If your department or your agencies did have a role, what was that role?

3 If your agencies had a role, please specify which agencies were involved?

4 If you or your agencies did have a role, what was the total amount of effort (in person days) expended by civil servants or department/agency-supervised government contractors on all of the studies to which you (or your agencies) contributed?

5 If you or your agencies did have a role, was any of the work subcontracted to external service providers under fixed-price or time/materials terms? If so, please provide details of these contracts including the supplier, the value and the contracting route?

6 Please identify the studies to which you or your agencies contributed?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Davey

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Mr Davey,

The links that you have provided in your information request do not work.

Can you please respond with the full intended links so that we can begin
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of Correspondence Team,

Apologies, the links in my original message were truncated. Here are the correct links:

I refer to my FoI request to the DExEU: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

And their response: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Sorry for any confusion.

Yours sincerely,

Shaun Davey

no-reply@dcms.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Correspondence Team, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

FOI2017/05144

Mr Shaun Davey

[FOI #434631 email]

Dear Mr Davey,

Thank you for your information request of 28 September 2017, in which you
requested the following:

Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on
the Impact of Brexit

I refer to my FoI request to the DExEU:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

And their response: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

In the response to Item 5a, DExEU says: "We can confirm that DExEU does
not hold this information. This exercise relied on expertise and
involvement from across Government, and we are as such unable to ascertain
the effort in days that went into producing these studies."

I now have the following questions of your department. I would be grateful
if you would answer these questions on behalf of your department and those
government agencies reporting through your department. If you are unable
to report on behalf of your agencies, please let me know and I will make
further FoI requests directly to those agencies.

1 Did your department (or associated agencies) have any role in the
production of any of the studies referred to in the above referenced FoI
request and response from DExEU?

2 If your department or your agencies did have a role, what was that role?

3 If your agencies had a role, please specify which agencies were
involved?

4 If you or your agencies did have a role, what was the total amount of
effort (in person days) expended by civil servants or
department/agency-supervised government contractors on all of the studies
to which you (or your agencies) contributed?

5 If you or your agencies did have a role, was any of the work
subcontracted to external service providers under fixed-price or
time/materials terms? If so, please provide details of these contracts
including the supplier, the value and the contracting route?

6 Please identify the studies to which you or your agencies contributed?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Davey

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit'.

Your response to my FoI request is unacceptable on several grounds:

1 I have asked the same question of many other departments each of which has managed to answer at least some of my questions. None of those departments have refused to answer my request on cost grounds. Please see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/shau...

2 While you might try to argue that some parts of my request might exceed the cost limit (if you held the information), there are others which should require little time/cost/effort to respond to. You are required under the FoI Act to respond to those parts of the request which you can within the cost limit.

3 Section 12 of part 1 of the FoI Act states: "(2)Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit." - You have not even stated if you hold the requested information, which you are required to do (unless that of itself would exceed the cost limit).

I would be grateful if you would review and reformulate your response accordingly.

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,

Shaun Davey

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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You will receive a response to your information request within 20 working
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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

This coming Friday (24/11) you will have had 20 working days to consider this internal review request - ample time by anyone's standards.

Please respond. I will complain to the ICO if I do not hear from you by next week.

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Davey

FOI Mailbox, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Internal Review of FOI2017/05144

Shaun Davey

[FOI #434631 email]

Dear Mr Davey,

Thank you for your email of 27 October in which you requested an internal
review of our response to your information request of 28 September. Your
latest request was as follows:

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture,
Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Roles of Government
Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of
Brexit'.

Your response to my FoI request is unacceptable on several grounds:

1 I have asked the same question of many other departments each of which
has managed to answer at least some of my questions. None of those
departments have refused to answer my request on cost grounds. Please see
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/shau...

2 While you might try to argue that some parts of my request might exceed
the cost limit (if you held the information), there are others which
should require little time/cost/effort to respond to. You are required
under the FoI Act to respond to those parts of the request which you can
within the cost limit.

3 Section 12 of part 1 of the FoI Act states: "(2)Subsection (1) does not
exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph
(a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that
paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit." - You have not even
stated if you hold the requested information, which you are required to do
(unless that of itself would exceed the cost limit).

I would be grateful if you would review and reformulate your response
accordingly.

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

Your original request asked:

I refer to my FoI request to the
DExEU:https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

And their response: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s. ..

In the response to Item 5a, DExEU says: We can confirm that DExEU does not
hold this information. This exercise relied on expertise and involvement
from across Government, and we are as such unable to ascertain the effort
in days that went into producing these studies.

I now have the following questions of your department. I would be grateful
if you would answer these questions on behalf of your department and those
government agencies reporting through your department. If you are unable
to report on behalf of your agencies, please let me know and I will make
further FoI requests directly to those agencies.

1 Did your department (or associated agencies) have any role in the
production of any of the studies referred to in the above referenced FoI
request and response from DExEU?

2 If your department or your agencies did have a role, what was that role?

3 If your agencies had a role, please specify which agencies were
involved?

4 If you or your agencies did have a role, what was the total amount of
effort (in person days) expended by civil servants or
department/agency-supervised government contractors on all of the studies
to which you (or your agencies) contributed?

5 If you or your agencies did have a role, was any of the work
subcontracted to external service providers under fixed-price or
time/materials terms? If so, please provide details of these contracts
including the supplier, the value and the contracting route?

6 Please identify the studies to which you or your agencies contributed?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act) and have re-examined the handling and scope of your original
request and I am satisfied that our handling of it was correct. I have
answered your individual points in order below:

* DCMS has a very broad remit across a number of sectors, therefore the
work required to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by
these sectors cuts across almost the entire scope of the department.
It is not possible for us to comment on the situation for other
departments but we are clear that to answer this request would exceed
the cost limit as set out in section 12 of the Act.
* As set out in the ICO's guidance on the Act, it is not considered good
practice to partially respond to FOI requests when it would not be
possible to respond to the entire request. It would not be correct for
the department to try and make decisions for requesters as to which
parts of their requests should be answered and which not.
* I apologise if our previous response was not sufficiently clear in
this regard. The department has been working with the Department for
Exiting the European Union and we do have information related to that
work. I can confirm that we therefore have information which will fall
within scope of your request.

Yours sincerely,

David Balloch

Head of Freedom of Information Team

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

Tel: 020 7211 6395

www.gov.uk/dcms

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