Welfar Reforms And Iain Duncan Smith

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

could you please provide all contact including emails, letters and phone calls that the BBC have had from Mr Iain Duncan Smith OR his office regarding:

1- welfare benefit reforms

2- the bedroom tax

3- threats or requests to withhold news items regarding 1 and 2

Yours faithfully,

Clive Arnold

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Arnold,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 14th April 2013. We will 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 RFI20130562.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Arnold,

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20130562.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Complaince Team

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2B6, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

 

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Welfare Reforms And Iain Duncan Smith'.

You stated "The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’" and I challenge this as the request is about a senior politician possibly attempting to control the media for his own purposes and NOT about 'journalism, art or literature' so therefore there was no reason to refuse the request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Clive Arnold

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Arnold

You have requested an internal review of the response to your requester, reference RFI20130562.

The response explained that the BBC considers the information you have requested to be excluded from the Act, by virtue of the derogation under Schedule 1. The BBC considers that the derogation protects the journalistic, artistic and literary integrity of the BBC by securing a creative and journalistic space for programme makers to produce material for broadcast free from interference by those who would seek to influence our output. The BBC's understanding of the scope of the derogation has been informed by numerous cases, including the recent consideration by the Supreme Court, in the case of Sugar (deceased) v British Broadcasting Corporation and another [2012] UKSC 4, of the Schedule 1 derogation for the public service broadcasters in relation to journalism. Lord Phillips noted the BBC’s ‘important right to freedom of expression’ and the link between Schedule 1 of the Act and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

You might find it useful to review the Decision Notices from the Information Commissioner, regarding the application of the derogation to information held by the BBC. These Decision Notices can be found at the following URL: http://www.ico.org.uk/enforcement/decisi... - using the search function, if you select the BBC as the 'Authority' and FOI 1 as the 'Section' you will find a number of relevant Decision Notices.

As set out in the letter, the BBC does not offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by the Act. Instead you may appeal directly to the Information Commissioner. Details of how to do so are given in the response.

Yours sincerely

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

As stated, I dispute your claim that it falls within the derogation under Schedule 1 as this is a request designed to see if the current government is controlling the BBC or forcing it to bend to it's will.

Again (before I go to the Information Commissioner) I am requesting a review as the original FOIA clearly falls outside of the definition of the derogation under Schedule 1

Yours sincerely,

Clive Arnold

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Arnold

As previously stated, the BBC does not offer an internal review when the information requested falls outside the scope of the Act. The Information Commissioner's Office has agreed that instead requesters may appeal directly to the ICO.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Then I have no choice but to take this to the Information Commissioner

Yours sincerely,

Clive Arnold