Internal Review demand to FCO for the mishandling of: London Diplomatic List for August, September & October 2012

Have the anonymous bureaucrats at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office "Information Rights Team" actually attended any Freedom of Information Act 2000 training courses ?

Will we really have to involve the Information Commissioner etc. or will a more senior official sort out this mess through an Internal Review of the mishandling of our FOIA request to Foreign & Commonwealth Office - London Diplomatic List for August, September, October 2012 ?

Information Rights Team
Information Management Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
Room SG120
London
SW1A 2PA

via email to: DP-FOI.IMG@fco.gov.uk

Friday 12th October 2012

Dear Sirs,

Under the Freedom Information Act 2000, I demand a formal Internal Review of the handling of my Freedom of Information Act 2000 request, by a more senior official, not directly involved in handling my original request:

"FOIA request: London Diplomatic List for August, September & October 2012"
emailed to you on Saturday 6th October 2012

which is quoted in full inline below.

I am astonished by the lack of professionalism in your reply.

Has the anonymous bureaucrat who replied to me under your "Information Rights Team" cover identity actually attended any Freedom of Information Act 2000 training courses ?

You cannot simply claim that:

"Your request for information is no longer being treated as a Freedom of Information request"

It is still an FOIA request regardless of whether you want to disclose the information requested or not.

You appear to be already in breach of section 17 .Refusal of request.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/section/17

If you are refusing my request, then you have to formally refuse to comply and state which Exemptions you are relying on to do so, bearing in mind your default duty to disclose the information requested.

You have not bothered to cite any Exemptions at all under the Act (even though I reminded you to do so in my request)

You falsely claim that:

" the documents requested below are readily available to buy.

You can purchase them from The Stationery Office (TSO) at the following website address: http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/ (Tel:0870 600 5522)."

If you had bothered to look on the TSO website, or had asked any of your FCO colleagues in the Protocol section who compile the London Diplomatic List, you would know that an out of date printed version is available for sale annually.

http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?DI=633588&CLICKID=002289

The London Diplomatic List 2012
Incorporating Directory of International Organisations
ISBN 9780115917974
Published 31 Jan 2012

That is clearly *not* the online monthly updates which have been published on the FCO website as Adobe (.pdf) documents, almost monthly since late 2009 until July 2012.

I clearly requested the missing August, September and current (October) versions of these online documents.

You have a legal duty to confirm that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office does hold a current, up date version of the London Diplomatic List - it is inconceivable that you do not do so.

Or are you claiming that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has secretly decided to no longer publish such monthly updates on the public website ?

Your reply:

"You can find details for 'current list of consular offices outside London' at www.fco.gov.uk"

This Is quite insulting, given that I actually quoted the correct web link to you in my original request:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/protocol/Consulates

I would remind you of the criminal offence under section 77 Offence of altering etc. records with intent to prevent disclosure".

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/section/77

which applies to anyone who "alters, defaces, blocks, erases, destroys or conceals any record held by the public authority, with the intention of preventing the disclosure "

Yours Sincerely,


[name]
[address]
[email]


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Dear [name]

Thank you for your e-mail.

Your request for information is no longer being treated as a Freedom of Information request as the documents requested below are readily available to buy.

You can purchase them from The Stationery Office (TSO) at the following website address: http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/ (Tel:0870 600 5522).

You can find details for 'current list of consular offices outside London' at www.fco.gov.uk<http://www.fco.gov.uk>

Kind Regards

Information Rights Team


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