Scientology

William Thackeray made this Freedom of Information request to Charity Commission for England and Wales

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The request was refused by Charity Commission for England and Wales.

William Thackeray

Dear Charity Commission for England and Wales,

I request that the following information be provided in electronic format, to this email address.

Re:

DECISION OF THE CHARITY COMMISSONERS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES
MADE ON 17TH NOVEMBER 1999 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS A CHARITY BY THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY (ENGLAND AND WALES)

Please release the following:

o 15 documents relating to application for charitable status
o Departmental Policy file containing 22 documents
o Departmental file containing 9 documents *** Board of
Commissioners
Meetings
o 3 MP Correspondence files dated 08/07/94, 24/08/94 and 21/09/94
o 22 Expert reports on Scientology
o 85 testimonials from individuals who have received Scientology services
o 24 documents containing judicial and other regulatory comment in relation to Scientology (dated 1969-1999)
o File of summary information (provided by the Church of
Scientology) including correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service USA

as documented in:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

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William Thackeray

Dear Charity Commission for England and Wales,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Charity Commission for England and Wales's handling of my FOI request 'Scientology'.

My reason for requesting an internal review is:

- No substantive response has been received. The legal time limit has now expired.

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

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

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FDT, Charity Commission for England and Wales

Dear Mr Thackeray

Thank you for your email of 14 November asking the Commission to review
its response to your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Your request is being considered by a member of our Legal team under our
Decision Review procedure. Further information about the Commission's
Decision Review service can be found on our website using the following
link:

[1]http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Lib...

We aim to complete reviews of Freedom of Information decisions within 20
working days and hope to provide you with a substantive response by 13
December 2010. However, the amount of time a review takes can vary and,
because of the nature of your request, it is possible in this case that
our review will take longer. We will write and tell if the timescale
changes.

Yours sincerely

Helen Hinchliffe

Final Decision and Tribunal Coordinator
Legal Services

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Hinchliffe, Helen, Charity Commission for England and Wales

Dear Mr Thackeray

Further to my email below, I am sorry to advise that our review will
take longer we originally envisaged. We now hope to be in a position to
provide you with a full reply no later than Thursday 23 December.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely

Helen Hinchliffe

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Anastasia left an annotation ()

Should also ask for the

* 10 Publications relating to Saint Hill

William Thackeray

Dear Helen,

Awaiting your response on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Helen Hinchliffe, Charity Commission for England and Wales

Dear Mr Thackeray

Thank you for your email of 31 December advising that you are still awaiting a response to your request for a review of the Commission's decision under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would refer you to my colleague's email of 14 December 2010, which I have repeated below.

Yours sincerely

Helen Hinchliffe
Final Decision Coordinator

Mr Thackeray,

I have been asked to conduct a review of the decision made in response to your request (dated 4 June 2010) for information regarding the application for registration of the Church of Scientology.

In your e-mail of 15 November 2015 you asked for an internal review of the Commission's handling of your FoI request, on the basis that "no substantive response has been received".

I am not entirely clear why you say that you have received no substantive response. In our letter of 21 September 2010, which I see is available at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/27..., the Commission informed you that it held the information which you had requested and was able to provide you with the information (redacted to protect personal data and excluding legally-privileged information) in hard copy.

The information has been photocopied and will be sent to you as soon as you provide the postal address for which we asked in our e-mail of 27 August 2010.

The letter of 21 September informed you that the information for which you have asked is held in paper documents and that the cost of providing the information in electronic form would exceed the statutory limit of £600. I understand that the documents in question extend to 1533 pages and that it has been estimated that scanning them will take nearly 30 hours. In the circumstances, it seems to me that it is not reasonably practical to provide the documents by the means for which you have expressed a preference.

It is open to you to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision whether your request has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Contact details were provided in our letter of 21 September.

James Kilby
Head of Legal Compliance

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William Thackeray left an annotation ()

Referred to ICO 4 Jan 2010.

"See:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

The public authority argues (I believe incorrectly) that scanning the information would be more expensive than photocopying it. It is willing to provide the information in hardcopy but not in electronic format (which was my request in my original FOIA query).

I wish to challenge the public authority's cost estimate for scanning the document: the public authority claims this would cost over £600 for 1522 pages of information, which works out at around 40p/page.

Commercial scanning services are widely available at a cost of 1p/page or less; this would make the cost of scanning the document a maximum of £15.22. The public authority's cost estimate therefore exceeds what I would consider to be a reasonable cost estimate by around 4000%.

The public authority also appears to argue that handwritten documents cannot be scanned. This is incorrect.

There are also some procedural problems with the processing of this request, as can be seen from the correspondence record linked above.

If any exemptions are applied to the information then I wish to challenge them.
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