Correspondence between the Future Hospital team and Deputy Renouf (FOI)
Correspondence between the Future Hospital team and Deputy Renouf (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 15 March 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
Can you please provide details of correspondence between [names redacted] and Deputy Richard Renouf, on the subject of the new hospital, from the date of the Staddon Report, 10 December 2018?
Could you please use the search keywords 'site’ and ‘application’?
Please see enclosed emails between Deputy Richard Renouf, and the four parties of the future hospital team that you listed. The search was run from 7 December 2018 to 15 February 2019. Also enclosed are nine documents that were attached to the emails.
SM Workshop for email of 01 February 2019
Written Quest 87 for email 11 February 2019
SCHD Schedule for email of 01 February 2019
Support slides for email of 01 February 2019
Hospital email for email of 09 February 2019
Rescindment for email of 15 February 2019
Parade Gardens Assess for email of 01 February 2019
Plan beds for email 11 February 2019
Deputy K. Pamplin emails of 07 and 10 January 2019
Redactions have been applied to the emails in accordance with the following articles of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
1) Personal information has been redacted in accordance with Article 25 – in this instance the details of members of the public as well as staff below a certain Government of Jersey grade who have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Article 25 Personal information
(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.
(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –
(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and
(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.
2) The following documents have been withheld, in accordance with Article 35.
attachment to email of 12 Dec 2018 – Com presentation
attachment to email of 12 Dec 2018 – Officers contribution
attachment to email of 20 Dec 2018 – Draft response
attachment to email of 21 Dec 2018 – Draft response #2
attachment to email of 03 Jan 2019 – FH POG Comms Plan
attachment to email of 03 Jan 2019 – Political Management Framework
attachment to email of 30 Jan 2019 – Draft Speech
Article 35 Formulation and development of policies
Information is qualified exempt information if it relates to the formulation or development of any proposed policy by a public authority.
The Scheduled Public Authority (SPA) is withholding the release of certain attachments as they relate to the formulation and development of policy and procedure by the public authority.
Article 35 is a qualified exemption, which means that a public interest test is required to be undertaken by the SPA. It is therefore necessary for the scheduled public authority to examine the circumstances of the case. Following assessment the SPA has to decide whether, on balance, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Although there is a need for transparency, accountability, financial and good decision making by public authorities this information relates to an ongoing situation. The SPA – and indeed good government, requires Ministers and Officers to be provided with full, frank advice from officials about the possible impact of proposed policy, and for officials to be able to discuss and test those proposed policies in a comprehensive way.
The following considerations were taken into account:
Public interest considerations favouring disclosure
disclosure of the information would support transparency and promote accountability to the general public, providing confirmation that the necessary discussions have taken place
disclosure to the public fulfils an educative role about the early stages in policy development and illustrates how the department engages with parties for this purpose
Public interest considerations favouring withholding the information
in order to best develop policy and provide advice to Ministers, officials need a safe space in which free and frank discussion can take place – discussion of how documentation is presented and provided is considered as integral to policy development as iterations of documents are demonstrative of the policy development process
the need for this safe space is considered at its greatest during the live stages of a policy
release of the information at this stage might generate misinformed debate in. This would affect the ability of officials to consider and develop policy away from external pressures, and to advise Ministers appropriately
premature disclosure of this information may limit the willingness of parties to provide their honest views and feedback. This would hamper and harm the policy–making process not only in relation to this subject area but in respect of future policy development across wider Departmental business
Taking into account the various factors, the SPA decided in favour of withholding the listed documents.
It should also be noted that once a policy is formulated and published, the public interest in withholding information relating to its formulation is diminished, however, the use of the exemption can be supported if it preserves sufficient freedom during the policy formulation phase to explore options without that process being hampered by some expectation of future publication.