Freedom of Information

As readers know from my earlier post, my “civil partner” Jonathan and I are very annoyed by the delay in getting the systems in place to convert civil partnerships into what they properly are: marriages. I did a freedom of information request, quoted below. It was rejected as too wide. I narrowed it, I hope. The revised version is also below. 

I’m not an FOI expert, so all critques of the drafting are very gratefully received.You can read the history, through the excellent Whatdotheyknow site, here

Thanks.

Harry

Original Request

Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

I should be very grateful if you would provide the following
documents, which concern the delay in bringing into force section 9
of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which enables persons
in civil partnerships to convert those partnerships into marriage.

Assessments of the

(A) time;
(B) cost; and
(C) resources

required to bring local and national systems into compliance with
section 9.

Assessments of the cost (if any) and other consequences of bringing
forward the date for implementation of section 9.

Statements of the resources allocated to implementation of section
9.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Harry Small

Response

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 200
(the Act).

 

We regret that we are unable to respond to your request in its current
wording because it exceeds the cost limit set out by the Act.  Section 12
of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the
appropriate limit, which for central government is set at £600. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working days in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information. 

 

The reason that your request exceeds the cost limit is because you have
asked for ‘documents’ concerning the delay in bringing into force section
9 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. We do not hold specific
documents outlining the information you are interested and in order to
comply with your request we would be required to search a large quantity
of information including emails, briefing papers etc. to ascertain whether
we held relevant information within scope of your request. 

 

You may wish to alter your request by changing its scope. If you would
like further information regarding the cost limit and how it is applied
please refer to the Office of Public Sector Information website using the
link below:

[1]http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/2004324…

 

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team

 

My Revised Request

(Note: I have submitted this to start time running but very happy to amend if anyone thinks I should.)

Dear FOI,

Very well. I withdraw the request for “documents” and replace it
with with the word “information”. I repeat the revised request
below. Could you please try not to leave this until the last minute
this time please.

Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Harry Small

I should be very grateful if you would provide information about
the decision to delay the bringing into force section 9 of the
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which enables persons in
civil partnerships
to convert those partnerships into marriage.

Please address the assessments of the

(A) time;

(B) cost; and

(C) resources

required to bring local and national systems into compliance with
section 9; and any assessments of the cost (if any) and other
consequences of bringing
forward the date for implementation of section 9 and the resources
to be allocated to it.

Thank you.

Harry Small

About Harry

Hello. This is my personal (as opposed to my professional) blog. I am in (at the time of setting up this blog, anyway), in my fifties. I live in north central London with my husband, a headteacher. I have an interest in law - though that no doubt will be shown principally in my professional blog - in civil rights; in politics; in travel; in religion, though in the sense that I am a life member of the National Secular Society and strongly resent the role religion and its doctrines plays in the lives of those who simply want to ignore it; and in life generally.
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