TV License evaders caught

Richard Jackson made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir or Madam,

In reponse to a previous FOI request (Reference: [email address]), it is stated that in 2007 413664 evaders were caught. This appears to be defined as the number of people from whom "prosecution statements" were taken.

Can you please clarify what a "prosecution statement" is, and under what circumstances such a statement is taken.

If there are any training materials or other documents provided to whomever takes these prosecution statements, detailing what such a statement is, how to take one, and/or other matters relating to the taking of such, please provide these, or details where they are otherwise currently avaiable.

Yours faithfully,

Richard

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, about TV Licensing prosecution statements, which
was received on 27 June 2008. We shall deal with your request as
promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days. If you
have any queries about your request please contact us at the address
below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20080690.

Kind regards.

The Information Policy and Compliance Team
BBC Freedom of Information
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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir/Madam,

With regard to my enquiry of June 27, your reference RFI20080690, I believe that I should have received a response by now.

I note that I did get a response to my other enquiry of the same date (reference RFI20080689), but as if it were a response to _this_ enquiry, so perhaps the two might have gotten mixed up at your end?

Thanks,

Richard

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson

Thank you for your email.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in processing your request -
RFI20080690. We are currently working on a response and aim to have
this emailed to you not later than 4 August.

Apologies once again.

Yours sincerely

Information Policy and Compliance

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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<<RFI20080690 - final response.pdf>> <<RFI20080690 - disclosure docuement
- TVL Visiting Procedures.pdf>>
Dear Mr Jackson

Please find attached the response to your request made under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I apologise for the delay in sending
this response to you.

Yours sincerely

Fern Kersey
Adviser, Information Policy and Compliance

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Richard Jackson

Dear Fern / Natalie

Thank you for this response, reference RFI20080690.

I note that in point 2 of the response you provide a list of documents on which you say that "the majority" are outside the scope of the Act. Can you please clarify explicitly which you believe to be outside the scope?

I would also ask you to review the amount of redaction that has been applied to the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures document provided. I find it difficult to believe that all the redacted sections would prejudice the detection of crime, particularly when at least some of the information redacted is not purely "internal" material, but includes information explicitly shown to interviewees!

Yours sincerely,

Richard

Richard Jackson

Dear Sir or Madam,

Can you please provide an update on this request (RFI20080690), and details of when I might receive a response?

Yours sincerely,

Richard Jackson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Jackson,

Further to your email of October 2nd asking for an update on your request
RFI20080690, and details of when you might receive a response, I can
confirm that the response to your request was sent on August 1st 2008 -
the email with the response and disclosure document attached is forwarded
below.

I have checked the address the response was sent to and it seems to be
correct ([FOI #926 email]) but perhaps there was a
technical issue on the website.

Please do come back to us if you still have any issues viewing the
response.

Kind Regards

L Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir/Madam,

I was not referring to my original request, but to my follow-up request for clarification and internal review, sent on 5th August, as can clearly be seen on the website: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/926

Please advise.

Richard

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson,

Apologies, but we have checked back against correspondence of August 5th
and can find no record of receiving your request for clarification and
an internal review.

We have looked at the link provided below and cannot see the
correspondence to which you refer.

Please could you resend your request for clarification and an internal
review and we will look into it. You should receive an acknowledgement
to your request the following working day.

Kind Regards

L Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir/Madam,

I completely fail to understand how you can claim not to see the correspondence at the URL provided, as the entire thread is set out plainly in chronological order. However, please find below another copy.

Yours sincerely,

Richard

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Dear Fern / Natalie

Thank you for this response, reference RFI20080690.

I note that in point 2 of the response you provide a list of documents on which you say that "the majority" are outside the scope of the Act. Can you please clarify explicitly which you believe to be outside the scope?

I would also ask you to review the amount of redaction that has been applied to the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures document provided. I find it difficult to believe that all the redacted sections would prejudice the detection of crime, particularly when at least some of the information redacted is not purely "internal" material, but includes information explicitly shown to interviewees!

Yours sincerely,

Richard

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson

We have received your request for an internal review relating to your FOIA
request - reference number RFI20080690 . The information you requested
was about Television Licensing visiting procedures. Your request for an
internal review was received on 6 October. We shall deal with the review
as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 30 working days. If
you have any queries please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2008037 .

Your sincerely

Fern Kersey
Adviser, Information Policy and Compliance

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Dear Mr Jackson

Further to my email of 7 October, I regret to inform you that there will
be a delay in issuing the decision following an internal review into your
FOIA request. We anticipate that we will respond to you not later than
Friday 5 December.

Please accept our apologies.

Yours sincerely

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent response. However, I would draw your attention to the guidance from the Information Commissioner that says that reviews should be handled within 20 working days, and although in a small number of exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to take longer, it should never take longer than 40 days.

You were late with the initial response, and my request for review has been outstanding since 5th August. You have given me no indication as to what the exceptional circumstances are here. Unless I receive a more satisfactory response within the next week I see little option but to refer this matter to the Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Jackson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson

Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
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Richard Jackson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Can you please provide an update on my internal review request (RFI20080690)? It is now over 10 months since the original request, over 7 months since the request for review, and over 5 months since your last estimated date for response.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Jackson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson

Thank you for your email, repeated below.

I apologise for the delay in considering your request for internal
review. We are still working on providing your response and will write
to update you again on Friday 15 May if we have not issued a reply by
that time.

Kind regards,

Fern Kersey
Adviser, Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252
BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi/
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
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Neil left an annotation ()

I note that the 15th May 2009 has been and gone.

Richard Jackson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Can you please provide an update on my internal review request (RFI20080690)? It is now over 2 months since the last date by which you promised to reply, and over a year since the original request!

Yours sincerely,

Richard Jackson

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jackson

Thank you for your email.

It is with regret that I must advise you we are still working on
providing your response. This further delay is due to staff changes
within the Television Licensing Unit. We hope to provide you with a
response in September and once again apologise for the long delay.

Kind regards,

Fern Kersey
Adviser, Information Policy and Compliance

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Peter Offen left an annotation ()

September has come and gone...

Chris left an annotation ()

Screw them. Go straight to the Commissioner. They're blatantly trying to fob you off here.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Please find attached the response to your request for an Internal Review
of your original request - RFI20080883 - considered under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.

We extend our sincere apologies for this delay.

Kind regards,

Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
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Watchkeeper left an annotation ()

"... I am satisfied as a result of my enquiries that all of the documents, save for the Procurator Fiscal’s Guide to TV Licensing, are not in the physical possession of the BBC nor does the BBC exercise any control over them; nor does the BBC access them or use them in any way; nor did the BBC have any hand in creating those documents. I am assured that those documents have been created by Capita, the outsourced service provider for TV Licensing, in order to train its own staff on how to enforce the TV Licensing procedures and systems and they are not (and have not been) shared with the BBC."

A case of "nuffink to do wiv me, Guv" apparently. And yet from the BBC's own hand:

"The BBC is a public authority in respect of its television licensing functions and retains overall responsibility."

If Capita is training its own staff on how to enforce the TV Licensing procedures and systems it surely can only do so under the watchful eye of the Television Licensing Authority - the BBC.

The BBC should and must accept its responsibility, but instead we only hear the sound of hands being washed.

Chris left an annotation ()

Has this been before the Commissioner yet? If not, why not? 22 months is taking the mickey somewhat.