Transfer of EA navigations to Canal & River Trust

Allan Richards made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please provide -

1. A copy of Canal & River Trust's proposal to Minister Therese Coffey (i.e. its letter of 17 October 2017) setting out the terms of the transfer of EA navigations.

2. A copy of any correspondence related to that proposal.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Richards
 
Please find attached an acknowledgement letter for your request for
information received on  10 January 2018.
 
 
Kind Regards
 
 
Marie Davies
 
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Dear Mr Richards,
 
Please see the attached regarding your request for information.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Information Rights Team
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Dear Defra,

Two months after making this information request, I am still awaiting a reply.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Richards

Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Richards,
 
Please see the attached regarding your request for information.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Information Rights Team
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Dear Mr Richards,
 
Please see the attached response to your request for information.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Mark Shotton
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

I am writing to complain and request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Transfer of EA navigations to Canal & River Trust'.

On 10 January, I made the following request -
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please provide -

1. A copy of Canal & River Trust's proposal to Minister Therese Coffey (i.e. its letter of 17 October 2017) setting out the terms of the transfer of EA navigations.

2. A copy of any correspondence related to that proposal.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards
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On 7 February, you issued a refusal notice informing me that you required a further 20 day extension of the 20 working day limit to consider the public interest test in relation to section 43 -

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The particular qualified exemption we are considering in relation to your request is section
43 (commercial interests) of the FOIA.
We hope to let you have a response by 7 March 2018, and will keep you informed of any
further delay.
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On 6 March, I reminded you that I had not received a response.

On 7 March, you issued a second refusal notice. However, your response makes no mention of of having carried out the public interest test in relation to section 43 (commercial interests). I assume you have decided that, contrary to you refusal notice, section 43 is not engaged.

I would like the reviewing officer to -

1. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February relates to section 43.

2. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 35(1)(a).

3. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 41.

4. In the absence of your second refusal notice dated 6 March making any mention of section 43, provide me with the information requested.

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,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Best wishes,
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to my request 'Transfer of EA navigations to Canal & River Trust' made on 10 January 2018. Full details can be found at - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t....

Three months after making this request, I find that you have yet to provide the information to which I am entitled. You have also seemingly ignored a request for review made on 8 March where I asked you to -

1. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February relates to section 43.

2. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 35(1)(a).

3. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 41.

4. In the absence of your second refusal notice dated 6 March making any mention of section 43, provide me with the information requested.

My request was for -

1. A copy of Canal & River Trust's proposal to Minister Therese Coffey (i.e. its letter of 17 October 2017) setting out the terms of the transfer of EA navigations.

2. A copy of any correspondence related to that proposal.

Pleased be advised that unless you provide an appropriate response by Monday 9 April, I shall make a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you need a reply before
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Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
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A complaint has now been made to the Information Commissioner.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to my request 'Transfer of EA navigations to Canal & River Trust'.

On March 8, I complained to you and asked you to review your decision regarding this request.

On April 6, I advised you that unless you responded, I would make a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

On 11 April, I advised that a complaint had been made.

I would like you to note that my making a complaint to the Information Commissioner does not mean that you should defer response until ICO has contacted you.

For your further information this is the public statement made by Canal & River Trust related to this request in late January -

'We are disappointed to report that Defra has indicated that it is not minded to proceed with the transfer of the river navigations currently managed by the Environment Agency to the Canal & River Trust. Having worked positively and collaboratively with the EA over the past 18 months or so to put forward a proposal, we remain convinced that the transfer would be in the wider public interest. It would deliver the real essence of value for taxpayers, and benefits for the users of these waterways whilst securing the long term future of the navigations themselves. We will of course continue to cooperate actively with the EA in the running of our respective navigations to ensure the best possible experience for all river and canal users.'

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
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Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you need a reply before
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Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
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Following a complaint, ICO have written to Defra asking them to respond within the next 10 working days.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

On 2 May, the Information Commission requested that, within 10 working days' you to provide an internal review response to my request 'Transfer of EA Navigations to Canal & River Trust'.

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

For the avoidance of doubt, I complained and requested a review on 8 March 2018 asking the reviewing officer-

1. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February relates to section 43.

2. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 35(1)(a).

3. Confirm that the refusal notice provided on 7 February does not relate to section 41.

4. In the absence of your second refusal notice dated 6 March making any mention of section 43, provide me with the information requested.

Yours faithfully,

Allan Richards

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email. We have a target of replying to emails within 15
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case is handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. If you need a reply before
then, please call the Defra Helpline on 03459 33 55 77, or visit
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....
We often receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns, but
unfortunately we cannot reply to each email when such large volumes are
received.
Best wishes,
Ministerial Contact Unit
 
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
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Dear Mr Richards,
 
Please see the attached response to your request for an internal review.
Please also accept my apologies for the delay in replying to your request.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Nick Teall
Information Rights Team
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Allan Richards left an annotation ()

This request is now subject to a second complaint to the information commissioner.