MRC: Withholding List of Participants for MRC CFS/ME Research Workshop

MRC: Withholding List of Participants for MRC CFS/ME Research Workshop until after the event has taken place


Further correspondence, today, with MRC Corporate Governance and Policy.

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MRC CFS/ME Workshop: Revised Agenda and response re request for List of Participants:

Declaration of interests for the CFS/ME Expert Group:

To: Rosa Parker, Head Office MRC
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request: CFS/ME multi-disciplinary panel November Conference and Workshop

17 November 2009

Dear Ms Parker,

Thank you for your responses of 11 and 13 November 2009 which included a PDF copy and revised PDF copy of the Agenda for the forthcoming MRC CFS/ME Expert Group Research Workshop due to take place at the end of this week, on 19-20 November.

Thank you also for the provision of other information in response to three further questions that I had raised with you on 6 November 2009.

I have appended the two emails in which this information had been requested.

One request which remains unfulfilled and which had been requested under the Act, on 19 October, is

“2] A list of participants for this event”

Your response (13 November) has been:

“The MRC is intending to publish a list of participants for the workshop on the 19th and 20th November alongside the note of the meeting. This will be published on our website as soon as it is available following the workshop. I will send you a link to this information as soon as it is available.”

I am not satisfied with the decision to withhold the information requested under the Act until some point after the Workshop has taken place.

I am not satisfied that this part of my request for information has been handled properly because no reason(s) has been given for the decision not to provide this information to me under the Act prior to the Workshop taking place.

It is my intention to lodge a formal complaint through the complaints system, for which you have provided various options and contact details.

In order to take this forward, I should be pleased if you would provide the following:

a) An acknowledgement of receipt of this communication.

b) A reference number for my original request for information under FOIA of 19 October 2009.

c) The reason(s) for the decision not to provide this information under the Act at this point in time.

d) The specific clause(s) from the Act under which this decision has been taken.



[Previous correspondence appended]