Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,

How many times in the past 3 years have the PHSO wasted large amounts of scarce public money by not providing a schedule of costs alongside their acknowledgement of service in response to complainants applications for judicial review, and therefore the judge not awarding costs against the claimant?

Yours faithfully,

M Boyce

informationrights@ombudsman.org.uk, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman


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InformationRights, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Dear M Boyce

Thank you for your email dated 2 July 2018 requesting information held by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Your request will be responded to in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A response will be sent to you on or before 30 July 2018 in line with the statutory timeframes set out in the Act.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Officer Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
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InformationRights, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Dear M Boyce

 

RE: Your information request: R0000093

 

I write in response to your email of 2 July 2018 regarding your request
for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) relating to the number
of times within the past 3 years the PHSO have not provided a schedule of
costs alongside the acknowledgement of service in response to a
complainants application for judicial review which has led to the judge
not awarding costs against the claimant.

 

We can neither confirm nor deny whether the PHSO holds the information you
have requested.

 

We are not obliged to confirm or deny whether we hold the information you
have requested as if held this would relate to court records. Section
32(3) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 provides that there is
no duty to confirm or deny whether we hold the information.

 

The fact section 32(3) of the Act has been cited should not be taken as an
indication that the information you requested is or is not held by the
PHSO.

 

The terms of this exemption in the FOI Act mean that we do not have to
consider whether or not it would be in the public interest for us to
reveal whether or not the information is held.

 

If you believe we have made an error in the way I have processed your
information request, it is open to you to request an internal review.  You
can do this by writing to us by post or by email to
[1][Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman request email] . You will need to specify that the
nature of the issue is and we can consider the matter further. Beyond
that, it is open to you to complain to the Information Commissioner’s
Office ([2]www.ico.org.uk ).

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

W: www.ombudsman.org.uk

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