Walthamstow Central immigration enforcement operation

Waiting for an internal review by Transport for London of their handling of this request.

Dear Transport for London,

on 13 October 2021, an immigration enforcement operation was carried out at Walthamstow Central underground station by police and/or Home Office immigration enforcement officers.

In a comment to media, a TfL spokesperson confirmed that this operation took place on TfL property, was not authorized by TfL and would not be repeated. The spokesperson further confirmed that there had been discussions with policing partners to ensure this did not happen again.

Please could you provide me with a copy of all information TfL holds on this incident at Walthamstow Central on 13 October 2021. This includes but is not limited to internal correspondence, memoranda and notes, as well as external correspondence or minutes of meeting.

Yours faithfully,

M Bimmler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear M Bimmler

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1914-2122

 

Thank you for your request received on 24 November 2021 asking for
information about an immigration enforcement operation that was carried
out at Walthamstow Central London Underground station.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

 

A response will be sent to you by 22 December 2021. We publish a
substantial range of information on our website on subjects including
operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance
and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently
asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[3][TfL request email]

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear M Bimmler

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1914-2122

 

Thank you for your request received on 24 November 2021 asking for
information about an immigration enforcement operation that was carried
out at Walthamstow Central London Underground station.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

Please find the requested correspondence attached.

 

However, in accordance with the FOI Act, some of the information is
subject to a statutory exemptions to the right of access to information
under section 31(1)(a) Law Enforcement which relates to all aspects of the
prevention and detection of crime.

In this instance the exemption has been applied to some of the information
contained in the correspondence as it would give details regarding the
processes in place between us and the British Transport Police and
Metropolitan Police Service.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We
recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities,
but in this instance feel that balance lies in favour of withholding the
information to ensure that we are able to continue to comply with our
Network Management Duty and the safety of the travelling public on our
network while making the best use of public funds.

 

Additionally, in accordance with our obligations under Data Protection
legislation some personal data has been removed, as required by section
40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because disclosure of this personal data
would be a breach of the legislation, specifically the first principle of
Article 5 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation which requires all
processing of personal data to be fair and lawful. It would not be fair to
disclose this personal information when the individuals have no
expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not satisfied one of the
conditions which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

This exemption to the right of access to information is an absolute
exemption and not subject to an assessment of whether the public interest
favours use of the exemption.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

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Dear Ms Jacob,

many thanks for your response and the disclosed documents.

I note that my original request asked for all information TfL holds, including external correspondence or minutes of meetings. Having scanned the documents, they all appear to be correspondence between TfL and GLA (office of the Deputy Mayor for Transport / Mayor's office).

The disclosed documents mention at several points that officers of TfL will follow / have followed up with the Metropolitan Police Service on this matter (see p. 18, email of TfL's Siwan Hayward of 14/10/21, 15.23).

There is also:
- reference to seeking an explanation from the MPS (see p. 15, email of TfL's Siwan Hayward of 19/10/21, 19.16),
- reference to following up with the relevant MPS Basic Command Unit (see p. 14, email of TfL's Mandy McGregor of 29/10/21, 17.48),
- reference to TfL officials meeting with the MPS (?) Head of Protective Security Operations (p. 10, email of GLA's Stef Lehmann of 16/11/21, 18.47).

I infer from these references that there is likely to have been, at the minimum, further correspondence between TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service on this issue; possibly also correspondence with the British Transport Police and/or the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement), and/or minutes and notes of meetings with any of these organizations. Such records would appear to be covered by my original request.

Your response does not mention that any such records have been withheld in their entirety, rather (as I understand it) you have applied s31 to redact some of the information in the emails already disclosed to me.

Could you kindly clarify the position for me? Are there records responsive to the request which are withheld in their entirety and if so, could I please have a schedule of these and further explanation of the rationale to withhold the records in their entirety? Or are their records of external correspondence / meetings with third parties as described above which have been overlooked so far?

Many thanks for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear M Bimmler

 

Our Ref:         FOI-2164-2122

 

Thank you for your request received on 22 December 2021 asking for further
information about the immigration enforcement operation that was carried
out at Walthamstow Central London Underground station.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

 

A response will be sent to you by 24 January 2022. We publish a
substantial range of information on our website on subjects including
operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance
and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently
asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[3][TfL request email]

 

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Dear Ms Jacob,

many thanks for your email. I don't mean to be difficult but I don't think it is correct to treat this as a fresh FOI request. I did not ask for further/different information not covered by my original request.

I merely asked for clarification whether (a) some records were being withheld in full or (b) some records responsive to my original request might have been overlooked in collating the response.

In other words, I attempted to obtain clarification from you in relation to my original request instead of immediately applying for an internal review on that issue. This should not trigger a new 20 working days deadline.
Could you provide the clarification I sought, please, rather than processing this as if I made a new request?

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler

FOI, Transport for London

Dear M Bimmler

 

Our Ref:         IRV-057-2122

 

Thank you for your further correspondence. We are currently seeking
clarification on whether we do hold any further information that was
captured by your original request. However, due to the Christmas period we
are unfortunately unlikely to be able to provide this before the new year.
I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

I have closed the new request and we will be processing this as an
internal review and will disclose any further information as part of our
response. We will provide a response as soon as possible.

 

If you have any further queries please let us know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Jacob,

many thanks for the update and all the best for the Christmas break and New Year.

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler