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Information Commissioner tells Gove to respond to our FoI requests

Michael Gove - lateThe Information Commissioner has told the Department for Education to respond to our Freedom of Information requests about “free schools” and the New Schools Network within 10 working days. The Commissioner’s letter to the DfE states:

The Information Commissioner has received a complaint from Mr C Singer stating that no response has been sent to an information request submitted to your organisation on 6 July 2010, which was acknowledged by your organisation on 7 July 2010 and given the reference number 2010/0051083.

Any public authority in receipt of such a request is under a duty to respond within 20 working days of receipt. As it is the case that you have not responded but acknowledged receipt of the request, we would ask that you now respond within 10 working days of receipt of this letter. We should be grateful if you could also provide a copy of your response to this office.

Our unanswered questions have also been mentioned by Labour MP Lisa Nandy in Parliament (see question 15490), and journalist and campaigner Fiona Millar in the Guardian.

Of course it would be even better if we could address our FoI enquiries directly to the New Schools Network. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recently threatened the closure of “unaccountable quangos”. But those quangos – covered by the Freedom of Information Act – are paragons of transparency compared with the New Schools Network.

Posted by Other TPA at 11:28am on 28 September 2010
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By my reckoning Gove is now in breach of the law. Will he go to prison? I really do hope so.

Posted by John Wadsworth at 09:34am on 9 October 2010

Gove reminds me of one of the Thunderbirds puppets but I can’t think which one?
Anyway, I can’t wait for his belated answer.

Posted by Rob at 04:42pm on 9 October 2010

Gordon.(of T4) I reckon (far left on http://news.hdreview.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/5984963x.jpg )

Indeed it is my theory that Michael Gove is a deep double agent embedded in the Tory party on behalf of the SWP

Posted by Jack at 07:40pm on 10 November 2010

Apparently , Cameron wants to do ‘transparent government ’  so much so we don’t need the Audit commission anymore.  It’s a shame their’s a snowflakes chance of it being done in a way that would work. There’s no reason not to, other than they just won’t :-(

Posted by zeonglow at 08:02pm on 10 November 2010

I was at a conference last year about outsourcing and the legal specialist made clear that although it is possible to outsource an activity it is not possible to outsource responsibility so your comment ...

“But those quangos – covered by the Freedom of Information Act – are paragons of transparency compared with the New Schools Network. “

needs to be modified a bit - their appointment, role, service level agreement and costs should all be public information through the FOIA.

Posted by John Diffenthal at 10:44am on 18 November 2010

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