The national accounts treatment of the Fontainebleau abatement

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

In the 2016 Pink Book table 9.9, the above series (Fontainebleau abatement, code FKKL) was treated as a positive credit. This is the treatment adopted, I believe, since the payment first arose. In the same table in the 2017 edition of the PB, the payment was treated as a negative debit.

Can you please publish the advice from the classifications team in ONS (and any correspondence with international bodies who work on such issues) that explain the original treatment, the new treatment, and the reasons for the change? Had anything changed in the payment as such or was it a change in attitude towards an essentially unchanged payment?

In the new format, FKKL is described as "of which: Fontainebleau abatement" but it is not clear what it is a part of. Can you please explain the meaning of "of which"?

Can you please tell me where this change was announced?

These are factual papers about classification that I request not reports of any discussions so the request cannot be refused on s36, safe space considerations.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

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Dear Simon

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to Fontainebleau
abatement, code FKKL re-classification.

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you very much for your helpful reply.

The response tells the story but I had asked for the publication of "the advice from the classifications team in ONS" (presumably to ONS management and/or UKSA board) and "any correspondence with international bodies who work on such issues". I look forward to receiving that.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Briscoe

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Simon

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we do not hold any other correspondence in scope of the request.

Yours Faithfully

Freedom of Information Team
Office for National Statistics

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Office for National Statistics's handling of my FOI request 'The national accounts treatment of the Fontainebleau abatement'.

I find it hard to believe that there was no correspondence on this topic which is quite an important matter of public interest. I am requesting that it be released.

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

Yours faithfully,

Simon Briscoe

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

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FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Mr Briscoe,

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review of the Office for National Statistics' handling of your FOI request 'The national accounts treatment of the Fontainebleau abatement'.

We will be looking into this matter and will contact you again in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Steph Turner | Legal and International Services
UK Statistics Authority | Awdurdod Ystadegau’r Deyrnas Unedig | @UKStatsAuth | http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk

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