Latest FOI response from BIS re #deact/#debill

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I have received another response to my request for information from BIS about communication between the ministers involved with the #deact/#debill. I realise that I am now pressing the point but I am very surprised that they are claiming that there was no email communication between the three ministers and am now wondering what, if anything, they are hiding. 

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Date: 25 May 2010 14:51
Subject: RE: FOI Request – Digital Economy Bill
To: Me


Thank you for your emails.

In relation to your previous email, I realise my response may need clarifying. You are correct to say that emails are retained. However, the reason that the information is not held is because such emails were not sent (i.e. after a search, we found that emails about the Digital Economy Bill were not sent between the Ministers you referred to within the period you specified).

Also, I should have made clear that as the Digital Economy Bill was a Bill managed across both the Department for Business and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), I asked colleagues at the DCMS to conduct a search and they also had a nil return (i.e. no emails sent).

I will contact the FOI team to let them know that you would like an internal review and will let you know when the results will be available.

Best wishes