Information Access Team
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Mr David Moss

By e-mail

17 June 2010

Dear Mr Moss

Freedom of Information request (our ref. 13728): internal review

Thank you for your e-mail of 3 April 2010, in which you asked for an internal review of our response to your Freedom of Information (FoI) request about the decision to withhold a copy of the detailed trial report of the competitive trials developed and run by IBM.

I would add that although your e-mail was sent to the Information Access Team’s in-box on 3 April, it was not received as the address was misspelt with the ‘g’ missing from ‘gsi’. Your message was eventually received on 20 April when it was forwarded by one of the copy recipients.

I have now completed the review. I have examined all the relevant papers, including the information that was withheld from you, and have consulted the policy unit which provided the original response. I have considered whether the correct procedures were followed and assessed the reasons why information was withheld from you. I confirm that I was not involved in the initial handling of your request.

My findings are set out in the attached report. My main conclusion is that the original response was correct.

This completes the internal review process by the Home Office. If you remain dissatisfied with the response to your FoI request, you have the right of complaint to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF


Yours sincerely

Caroline Cummins

Information Access Team