First Response … almost!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been making some FoI requests through Under the Act, authorities have 20 working days to respond. In my previous experience some always take at least that long, others tend to reply to all but the most complex requests in a couple of days.

I’ve been a little disappointed that I’ve had nothing beyond acknowledments so far, so yesterday evening I was excited to receive my first proper response.

I recently discovered the Northern Ireland Audit Office report into fraud in Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland. In it it was noted that Agency was defrauded of over £70,000 between 1998 and 2003, and that in June 2006 the Court ordered the fraudster to repay £30,000 within 12 months, on penalty of jail. Civil action was then to recover the £40,000+ balance.

I couldn’t find any information anywhere on whether the court ordered payment was ever made, or how the civil action had proceeded. So I enquired about both.

Unfortunately, however, my reply had no information yet, but was merely to inform me that as OSNI was no longer part of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), but in April became part of the new Land & Property Services Agency under the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP)! They’ve transferred the request over to there for me, but as the relevant person is on holiday for another few weeks, I’m going to have to wait a while longer for my first substantive response!

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