This is a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) about the suspicious death of Dr David Kelly.

The request was refused by Thames Valley Police.

Dear Thames Valley Police,

Dominic Grieve, Attorney General, took it upon himself ‘exceptionally’ to make a ‘detailed review’ into the death of Dr David Kelly a summary of which he presented to parliament in June 2011.

(1) Was the Attorney General, Mr Dominic Grieve M.P., provided with all the photographs in the possession of Thames Valley Police taken at the scene of Dr Kelly’s death when he conducted his ’review’ into whether there were sufficient grounds for an inquest?

(2) Were all the photographs taken by PC Sawyer shown to the Attorney General?

(3) In a previous FOI request (reference RFI2011000524) it is revealed that six photographs were taken with the times 10.10:18, 10.10:37, 10.11:08, 10.11:20, 10.13:40 & 10.15:05. It revealed too that three cameras were used to take photographs, two without any recorded times. A video camera was also used for which there is no recorded time. Is that correct?

(4) How many police personnel were there who took photographs? Who was/were they?

(5) Sometimes police authorities use independent photographers. Did Thames Valley Police engage an independent photographer for any of the photographs of the scene of death in its possession?

(6) Does TVP know of any other photographs, for example from members of the public, or other government agencies, taken of the scene of death.

(7) Including video footage (count as 1) and photographs from the three cameras, and all other photographs known to Thames Valley Police how many photographs exist that were taken at the scene of death?

(8) Were all known photographs shown to the Attorney General including the video footage?

(9) Was any information whatsoever regarding the death of Dr David Kelly not made available to the Attorney General?

(10) If any item/s of information was/were withheld from the AG, what was it/were they?

(11) If any item/s of information was/were withheld from the AG, why was/were it/they withheld?

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

Dear Mr Goss,

Reference no RFI2013000435

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 20 May requesting information on the suspicious death of Dr David Kelly.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a further response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Thames Valley Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Thames Valley Police.


Yours sincerely

Jasbir Ahluwalia| Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Telephone +44(0)1865 846455 | Internal | 700-6455
Email Address [email address] or [email address]

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Dear Mr Goss

 

Reference No: RFI2013000435, RFI2013000436 and RFI2013000462

 

I write in connection with the above-referenced Freedom of Information request, dated 21 and 28 May 2013.  Your requests have now been considered as attached and are in reference to the death of Dr David Kelly. 

 

The requests are being refused under Section 12(1) of the FOIA.  Section
12 of the FOIA does not oblige a public authority to comply with Section
1(1) of the Act, if the authority estimates that the cost of complying
would exceed the appropriate limit.  Some of the information you have
requested is not held in an easily retrievable format, and to identify
whether it is held, locate and retrieve the detailed and specific
information requested, would involve complex searches of large individual
manual files.  This would therefore exceed the appropriate cost limit.

In considering whether the appropriate costs limit would be exceeded, we
have also taken into account the following.  Including your requests, we
have received a total of 11 separate pieces of correspondence, from four
individuals, containing at least 72 separate requests, within a 14 day
period.  These requests relate to the same or similar information and in
all the circumstances appear to us to have been made by persons acting in
concert or in pursuance of a campaign.  We have therefore applied Section
12(4)(b) and aggregated these requests together for the purposes of
considering the likely costs.  In accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for this request.

Section 16 – Further Advice and Assistance

In accordance with our duty under section 16 of the Act, we have
considered what advice and assistance we can reasonably provide in respect
of your requests.  In all the circumstances we do not think there is any
advice and assistance we can reasonably provide which would enable you to
refine your request, so as to bring it within the costs limit.  However,
although not directly providing information in response to your requests,
in the interests of openness and transparency we have sought to provide
some information which we hope will be of assistance.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Jonathan Hands | Public Access Manager

Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone +44(0)1865 846 033 | Internal | 700-6033

Address Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington,
Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX

 

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Dear Thames Valley Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Thames Valley Police's handling of my FOI request 'This is a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) about the suspicious death of Dr David Kelly.'.

Until recently I have never made a freedom of information (FOI) request from any authority. These requests RFI2013000435, RFI2013000436 (made on 21 May) and RFI2013000462 (made on 28 May) have all been lumped together as a group without any real attempt to answer a single question. In particular I am trying to find out if the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, had access to all the information held by TVP about the death of Dr David Kelly, because he has repeatedly made nebulous statements like "from the evidence I have seen" when reaching his conclusion. All TVP has offered in response to my request is: "The Attorney General was given access to the investigation undertaken by Thames Valley Police." This says nothing about what information or photographs the AG saw. If he did not see everything then the conclusion he reached might be erroneous based on partial information. A yes or no answer without qualification would have been better than "The Attorney General was given access to the investigation undertaken by Thames Valley Police."

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

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

Dear Mr Goss

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 13 June

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a further response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Thames Valley Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Thames Valley Police.


Yours sincerely

| Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Telephone +44(0)1865 846329 | Internal |
Email Address [email address] or [email address]

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Dear Mr Goss

 

Please see attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
appeal.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Public Access

 

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