WhatDoTheyKnow

Steve Elibank made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Department for Education,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of all correspondence between your organisation and the management of the 'WhatDoTheyKnow' website (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/) in the last two years.

I am especially interested in the various emails back and forth referred to in this blog posting: http://www.mysociety.org/2011/02/21/depa...

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

Department for Education

Dear Mr Elibank

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0020433

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0370 0002288
www.education.gov.uk

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Alex Skene left an annotation ()

Hi Steve

We're happy to release the correspondence. There were only 2 emails, one was the email to us which was quoted on the blog post, the other was our reply, reproduced below. We've not received any further correspondence on the matter.

Regards
Alex - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

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I note that you encourage people considering making FOI requests to search your website first. We do that too; we prompt all users of our system to assure themselves the information they are seeking is not already available before submitting a request. By publishing all FOI responses we also get a lot more information online and accessible than would otherwise be available.

Thanks for advising us the email address info [at] dscf.gsi.gov.uk is due to be phased out. We would appreciate it if you could let us know which alternative email address the department would prefer us to send FOI requests raised via our system to. We are happy to use whichever email address is easiest for a public body; but note that than FOI request is valid regardless of which email address or member of staff within an organisation it is sent to.

We will continue to offer our users the ability to make requests to the Department of Education via our site and will not be removing that facility and directing people to your contact form instead; we are confident we are providing a valuable public service as evidenced by the fraction of FOI requests made via WhatDoTheyKnow.com
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Steve Elibank left an annotation ()

Thanks for this, Alex. (Now it will be a matter of interest to see whether or not they try to apply Section 21...!)

Department for Education

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Dear Mr Elibank,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 8^th March 2011.

You requested an electronic copy of all correspondence between the Department for Education and the management of the 'What
Do They Know' website ([1]http://www.whaatdotheyknow.com/) in the last two years. You were interested in the emails
referred to in this blog posting:

[2]http://www.mysociety.org/2011/02/21/depa....

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A copy of the information, relating to the blog
posting is enclosed in the format you requested. In order to identify and locate other information that you have asked for I
require some further information from you. In particular, it would be useful to know whom you consider to be managers of
whatdotheyknow.com as this would allow us to complete your request for information.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes,
including for private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an exception in current
copyright law. Documents (except photographs) can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of
news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

Most documents produced by the Department for Education will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright
information can be re-used under the Open Government Licence
([3]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown
Copyright information please see The National Archives website
-[4]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor... .

Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information about obtaining permission from a third party see
the Intellectual Property Office's website at [5]www.ipo.gov.uk.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the Department by writing to
me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel,
who were not involved in the original consideration of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact the Information
Commissioner's Office.

Yours sincerely

............................................................................................................................

Carl Mawson

Public Communications Unit

Communications Group

5th Floor

St Paul's Place

Sheffield

S1 2FJ

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0020433. To contact the Department for Education, please
visit [6]www.education.gov.uk/contactus

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

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1. http://www.whaatdotheyknow.com/
http://www.whaatdotheyknow.com/
2. http://www.mysociety.org/2011/02/21/depa...
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3. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...
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4. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor...
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http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor...
5. http://www.ipo.gov.uk/
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http://www.ipo.gov.uk/
6. http://www.education.gov.uk/contactus

Dear Mr Mawson,

It should surely be obvious that the people I consider to be the management of WhatDoTheyKnow are the people who own, run, maintain and/or administer the site. I fail to see how you can possibly have had any confusion about this.

Furthermore, the message you have already provided was replied to by the WDTK management, I happen to know, and I am unclear as to why you have not provided that response.

Steve Elibank

Department for Education

Dear Mr Elibank

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0023337

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0370 0002288
www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

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Dear Mr Elibank
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 17 March 2011.
You requested copies of correspondence between the Department for Education and the
management team of the WhatDoTheyKnow website, including those who run, maintain and/or
administer the site.

I have also included correspondence from their parent organisation mySociety.org. I have
dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A copy of the information which can be disclosed is enclosed in the format you requested.

Under section 21 of the Act, the Department is not required to provide information in
response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you
requested, the response from the WhatDoThey Know website team to my correspondence, is
available on the internet and can be found
at: [1]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/wh....
The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use
it for your own purposes, including for private study and non-commercial research, and for
any other purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law. Documents (except
photographs) can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of
news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the
permission of the copyright holder.

Most documents produced by the Department for Education will be protected by Crown
Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open
Government Licence (OGL)
[2](http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For information about
the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National Archives
website:
[3]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor....
Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information about obtaining
permission from a third party see the Intellectual Property Office's website at
[4]www.ipo.gov.uk.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the
reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint
to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter.
Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in
the original consideration of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then
contact the Information Commissioner's Office.

Yours sincerely

Carl Mawson
Communications Group
5th Floor
St Paul's Place
Sheffield
S1 2FJ
[5]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0023337. To contact the
Department for Education, please visit [6]www.education.gov.uk/contactus

show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/wh...
2. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...
blocked::http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...
3. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor...
blocked::http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor...
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor...
4. http://www.ipo.gov.uk/
5. http://www.education.gov.uk/
6. http://www.education.gov.uk/contactus

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