POA Circulars

105 | 17.12.2015

COMPLETION OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION 100567 MINISTRY OF JUSTICE FURTHER UPDATE TO MR LEWIS ABOUT PROGRESS OF COMPLETION OF FOI 100567 AND AN APOLOGY

The POA has had to resort to using the Freedom of Information process to obtain the medical report in respect of smoking in prisons.

The following is a reply from Carl Pencil who administers the requests:

“Firstly, I am sorry for the continual delay in responding to your FoI request.  Please accept my sincere apologies for this unacceptable delay. I have looked into the reason for the delay in responding to your request. In this instance, the delay has been caused by the need to consider fully the public interest reasons for and against disclosure of the information requested. Unfortunately such considerations are still ongoing and thus the reply is still being cleared. I accept that MoJ has failed to meet the twenty working day deadline set out in section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, for which I can only again apologise.
 
Unfortunately, I cannot at this stage provide you with a definitive date by which you can expect to receive a substantive reply to your original request but please be assured your case is been dealt with. I will continue to check on progress and keep you updated. I will provide you an update on progress as soon as I can.”

The Executive accept that there is a process that has to be followed. Nevertheless, we intend to raise the contents of this email with NOMS at the Stocktake meeting today to point to their continued lack of good faith in discussions with the trade union. 

Following our circulars and guidance reference smoking in prisons this is a further update to the membership.

It is clear that the continued procrastination of the employer, and by association the Minister, on the FoI request that they pay lip service to your health and safety. The Executive firmly believe that the contents of the medical report fully justify our campaign for smoke free prisons and latest advice and guidance.

We strongly urge all members and committees to follow our guidance as set out in POA Circular 100/2015.

Please draw the contents of this circular to all your members.

Yours sincerely

 

STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary

Yours sincerely 

 

PJ McPARLIN
National Chairman