London Borough of Royal Kensington and Chelsea – Freedom of Information Request for Julian Assange’s stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy

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((No information is too insignificant in this gravest miscarriage of Justice))

Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 10 November 2015

Julian Assange has sought sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in
June 19th 2012 was given Political Asylum by Ecuador in August 16th
2012 and has remained in their Embassy in no 3 Hans Crescent,
Knightsbridge, which is in your London Borough of Kensington and
Chelsea to the present day. Please provide me with any information
you hold regarding his stay there, any arrangements you have
undertaken as a result of his stay, any communications you have
received from government departments, police enforcement
departments, traffic wardens, businesses, the press, public
utilities and members of the public relating to his stay at the
Embassy from June 2012 to the present day.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Emmy Butlin

1st Response:

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 11 November 2015

Dear Mrs Butlin

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2015-1397

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 10
November 2015. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2015-1397. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

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((Will they, I wonder, send me the letter I wrote when I asked them to fix the street lighting – hehehehe))

2nd Response:

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

20 November 2015

Dear Ms. Butlin

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2015-1397

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
which we received on 10 November 2015, for information held by the
Council. You requested:

Julian Assange has sought sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in June 19th
2012 was given Political Asylum by Ecuador in August 16th 2012 and has
remained in their Embassy in no 3 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, which is
in your London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the present day.
Please provide me with any information you hold regarding his stay there,
any arrangements you have undertaken as a result of his stay, any
communications you have received from government departments, police
enforcement departments, traffic wardens, businesses, the press, public
utilities and members of the public relating to his stay at the Embassy
from June 2012 to the present day.

Section 12 of the FOI Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse
requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed
the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit is set at £450; this
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days or
18 hours in locating, retrieving and extracting the information. We
estimate that the cost of dealing with your request will exceed the
appropriate so we have decided to refuse your request.

Asking for “any information you hold” makes your request too broad. The
council do not have a council-wide correspondence system, so we would need
to contact a large range of departments to determine if any correspondence
from “government departments, police enforcement departments, traffic
wardens, businesses, the press, public utilities and members of the
public” has been received.

You will need to narrow down your request substantially to enable us to
fulfil your request. If you were to place some limits on your request such
as limiting it to certain officers or teams, this may help to narrow the
focus of the request to the point where the Council could reasonably be
expected to provide some information.

The Information Commissioner’s Office offer guidance on making FOI
requests. Please see their ‘information requests do’s and don’ts’ in the
link below which might be of some assistance to you:

[1]http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/off…

In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this
letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Complaints

I trust this has satisfied your request. Should you be unhappy with the
handling of your request, the Council has an internal complaints process
for handling FOIA complaints. Complaints are reviewed by the Chief
Solicitor and Monitoring Officer or her nominee. A form is available from
our website to lodge your complaint
[2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/councilanddemocra…
Please contact us if you do not have website access and we can provide you
with a copy of the form. Following this review, should you still be
unhappy with how your information request has been handled, you have a
further right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who is responsible
for ensuring compliance with FOIA.

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226