Westminster City Councilors and Surgeries

Susan Roach made this Freedom of Information request to Westminster City Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I've tried to find the following from Westminster City Councils website but cannot seem to get any detail. I'm hoping this FOI will be able to provide some information.

Of all the City Councilors, could you please provide, on a name by name basis, the following:

A. Which ones hold a regular surgery for residents and where they are held?

B. Which Councilors have surgeries by appointment and where they are held?

C. Can we have a league table of Councilors and the numbers of appointments they have taken from residents, at their surgeries (or agreed meeting places) over the last year?

D. For those Councilors *only* attending a surgery by appointment, how many have been made per month, per Councilor, over the last year?

Yours faithfully,

Susan Roach

Westminster City Council

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Request Details: Dear Sir or Madam,

I've tried to find the following from Westminster City Councils
website but cannot seem to get any detail. I'm hoping this FOI will
be able to provide some information.

Of all the City Councilors, could you please provide, on a name by
name basis, the following:

A. Which ones hold a regular surgery for residents and where they
are held?

B. Which Councilors have surgeries by appointment and where they
are held?

C. Can we have a league table of Councilors and the numbers of
appointments they have taken from residents, at their surgeries (or
agreed meeting places) over the last year?

D. For those Councilors *only* attending a surgery by appointment,
how many have been made per month, per Councilor, over the last
year?

FOI Reference Number: 4365
Target Completion Date: 12/10/2009

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Mowbray, Samantha, Westminster City Council

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Member Services Department

0207 641 1864

My Ref: 4365

13 October 2009

Dear Ms Roach

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Your request for
information has now been considered and the information relating to points
A and B of your email is enclosed. However, I am unable to respond to
points C and D as this information is not held centrally.

If you have any queries then please contact me.

Yours sincerely
<<List of surgery venues and times by ward.doc>>

Sam Mowbray
Head of Member Services and Policy Analyst to the Leader of the Council

Member Services
18th Floor, Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QP

020 7641 1864

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Blue left an annotation ()

Why have they not answered your question? I would like to know how many appointments have been made by my ward councillors Marshall, Page and I Rowley. They refused to see me or even write back to me, are their others like that who don't want to talk to the residents of Westminster about Cllr Danny Chalkley's bike parking tax?

M Laurent left an annotation ()

The fact that they don't hold the information centrally is irrelevant and not an excuse for not providing it. The information to answer questions C and D is available by asking each individual councillor concerned. The FOI team are happy to forward FOIs to parking services when the information is not available centrally, so why can't they forward this one to each councillor concerned and collate the responses? They are simply trying to avoid your questions. I would go back and challenge them.

Dear Samantha,

Thanks for your response. However, there does seem to be a lack of information which you say are not held centrally. I am assuming that the Councilors in question work for Westminster City Council and Borough electorate and as such WCC is accountable for their responsibility under the FOIA, if it is not please explain why with the relevant supporting documentation?

Yours sincerely,

Susan Roach

Dear Sir or Madam,

Could this be looked at please? The question outstanding is around my questions C and D. If central records are not held, can you forward the FOI requests to the people requested?

Can I remind you that the purpose of the FOI Act is to provide information to the public. If you do not hold the information on *your* councilors and employees then it is only reasonable for you to advise where I might get that information. This is the ethos behind the Act.

Yours faithfully,

Susan Roach

FOI, Westminster City Council

Dear Ms Roach,

Thank you for your email to the Council.

I will look into your query and aim to respond within 10 working days.

Kindest regards,

Tanya Holden
Data Protection & FOI Officer
Knowledge and Information Management
Westminster City Council
101 Orchardson Street
London, NW8 8EA
Tel: 0207 641 6451
Fax: 0207 641 2872
Email: [Westminster City Council request email]
[1]www.westminster.gov.uk

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FOI, Westminster City Council

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Dear Ms Roach,

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review.

<<Response to Request for Internal Review - Roach FOI 4365.doc>>

Yours sincerely,

Tanya Holden
Data Protection & FOI Officer
Knowledge and Information Management
Westminster City Council
101 Orchardson Street
London, NW8 8EA
Tel: 0207 641 6451
Fax: 0207 641 2872
Email: [Westminster City Council request email]
[1]www.westminster.gov.uk

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