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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Excluded from the FOIA private contractors with public works contracts

Information Commissioner Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:59:53

Email sent – 02 March 2015 06:37

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the following article which confirms that private contractors working on Public Works contracts shall not be included under the FOIA 2000.

And where have the Shadow Government been all this time. Surely not sleeping on the job again.

It is necessary and vital to included PA contractors within the remit of the FOIA, for example the PFI & PPP nationwide contracts alone are in the region of £200 billion. Moreover and more importantly, this figure is not included in the National Debt.

The coalition and your mob are always banging the drum ref transparency, accountability and security (TAS), which is a joke. TAS must be seen to be working; if it ain’t seen to be working, in all probability it ain’t working.

The PFI schools project in Exeter is worth £600 million and there is zilch TAS. Hang your head in shame Mr Bradshaw. No wonder Devon County Council is spending thousands of pounds defending their Dransfield Vexatious decisions and have slapped a lifetime email ban against me.

Polite reminder for you to reconsider your ban against me attending your Friday night surgery.

Yours in disgust


Christopher Graham of the ICO hang your head in shame

Information Commissioner Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:53:20

Email sent –

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the ICO article and I draw your attention to Christopher Graham’s recent ref “SAVING TO THE PUBLIC PURSE”.

My response to that is hogwash. If the ICO is so concerned about the public purse costs, why the hell is he spending thousands of pounds fighting the Dransfield FOI cases?

He also goes on to state: “the need to shine the light of transparency in the deepest corners” or some other twaddle.

As far as I am concerned there is no transparency, accountability or security (TAS) at the ICO as they were switched off by the Wikely Vexatious Decision ref GIA/3037/2011 Dransfield v ICO.

As reported earlier to your office, the ICO is in meltdown and are in the Last Chance Saloon. Ditto for the DCC and the FOIA 2000.

In a nutshell, Mr Bradshaw, if I lose my Court of Appeal case public authorities nationwide will hand down vexatious decisions on a whim, which in essence are GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARDS and Joe Public will be gagged forever. On the other hand if I win my Court of Appeal Case, I will become the saviour of the FOIA 2000. Obviously I prefer the latter to happen. Maybe you can recommend me for a Knighthood.

Where have you been whilst all these shannagins have been going on? Surely not sleeping on the job again.

New bulbs for transparency for your office.

For your information, action and files

Alan M Dranfield.

The legendary Timothy Turner – Yay!

Information Commissioner Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:45:26

Email sent – 03 March 2015 04:24
Dear Mr Bradshaw

You will recall that I wrote to you on this subject 6 months ago and you chose to ignore my allegations.

Please see the following article from a devout Information Commissioner’s Office fan, Mr Timothy Turner, who now accuses the ICO of wrongdoing.

Of course, the ICO are perverting the course of justice via section 77 of the FOIA 2000 and a simple ocular inspection of the ICO vexatious decisions passed down on a whim since Jan 13 is proof of the pudding.

Are those cracks appearing in the dam? You might have to stick your finger in there Mr Bradshaw.

What’s that noise I hear, chickens coming home to roost.

Yours setc


Dartington Eco School

Ben Bradshaw MP Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:40:09

Email sent – 03 March 2015 05:47Dear Mr Bradshaw

Could you please write to the Devon County Council and ask them for an update on this matter.

I would like to put in a FOIA request to the DCC asking them for the total cost of this white elephant, but it would surely be refused under vexatious exemptions.

your etc

Alan M Dransfield

Will Ben Bradshaw MP ask about the dangerous glass at the 6 PFI schools?

PFI Hospitals Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:37:21

Email sent – 03 March 2015 05:58

Dear Mr Bradshaw

As you are aware, there is/was a serious design/safety issue with the type of glass used in the 6 PFI schools in Exeter.

Would you please write to the DCC asking them for a status update please.

There is no point in me asking via the FOIA 2000 as they would surely use their vexatious trump card.

Yours etc

Alan M Dransfield

Child Sex Abuse Inquiry – vexatious ban on release of information

Ben Bradshaw MP Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:23:08

Email sent – 07 March 2015 06:47

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the attached letter from Lady Goddard’s Secretariat for the forthcoming Child Sex Abuse Inquiry. As you are aware, I am on record that the ICO and the DCC are part of a wider conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and cover up of child sex abuse via willful use of section 14(1) of the FOIA 2000, Vexatious Exemptions and in particular the Dransfield v ICO case ref GIA/3037/2011. As you are aware, this case is currently awaiting a Court of Appeal decision under ref C3/2013/1855.

For some inexplicable reason you have refused categorically to meet me at your Friday night surgery to discuss this and other issues which leaves a very bad taste in my mouth…..

My only redress against your consistent failures and inaction is to boycott you at the next general election.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

Email sent – 06 March 2015 05:59
Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse
The Inquiry Secretariat, C/O 2 Marsham St, London, SW1P 4DF

Dear Sirs

I acknowledge and thank you for your attached letter. I wish to make two important corrections to your letter.

1. It was not my FOIA request.

2. I have not received any response from the ICO on this topic. Why would I because I did not send a FOI request?

Such errors by your panel does not instil me with the greatest of confidence that a thorough investigation into child abuse will take place.

I fully agree with you that it is of the “utmost importance” that children and young people are kept safe from all forms of abuse. However, to achieve this, there must be unfettered access to public records and I fervently do believe the ICO are complicit with the Police and other 3rd Parties to obstruct the FOIA 2000. In particular, the unlawful use of Section 14(1) Vexatious Exemptions as prescribed in the GIA/3037/2011 Dransfield v ICO, ref C3/2013/1855 currently before the Court of Appeal. I fervently do not believe that section 14(1) vexatious exemption can be used as a fair minded exemption and especially not in this sex scandal case.

Transparency, accountability and security must be seen to be working at the ICO to allow public access to sex scandal legal documents and at this Juncture it is not seen to be working. On the contrary, records at the ICO support my claims the ICO are complicit with others to cover up child Sex abuse.

I reiterate my offer to present myself as a witness to the Independent Panel to give evidence on this matter in the interest of justice.

For your information,action and files

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

Was Lafarge Cement used on the Dawlish Sea Wall?

Ben Bradshaw MP Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:19:37

Email sent – 08 March 2015 07:01

Dear Mr Bradshaw

It is most disconcerting (but not surprising) that new cracks have been
identified in the Dawlish Sea Wall.

No doubt the SW rail link will be closed down for another 12 months to
enable repair works.

May I suggest you ask Network Rail to produce a copy of their As Built
Health and Safety Files for the recently completed works, and we might be able
to identify the exact problem.

I strongly recommend you also enquire if any Lafarge Cement was used on the
Dawlish Sea Wall in the last 10 years.

The next time you are in Exeter, would it be possible for you and I to
cycle to Dalwish and check this wall out but only if you promise to wear a helmet.

For your information, action and files.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

More problems at the Dawlish Sea Wall

Ben Bradshaw MP Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:11:41

Dear Mr Bradshaw

As you are aware, I have copied you in on a number of health and safety issues during the
Dawlish Sea Wall (DSW) repair programme last year, and it comes as no surprise
to me the BBC have reported yet further serious structural cracks in the DSW – quelle surprise.

As you can see I have made FOIA requests to the Office of Rail Regulator
(ORR) which were ignored.

I call upon my MP to seek a public inquiry into the DSA repair programme
and I am absolutely astonished to learn the that Network Rail conduct a monthly inspection of the DSW defence. Under the circumstance of the previous cowboy builders and negligence of NR and ORR, these inspections need to be carried out
on a daily basis.

Network Rail cannot continue these miracle escapes eg London tunnel collapse, the previous DSW collapse. It is only a matter of time before a packed
commuter train runs of of track

It might be possibly thought that both NR and ORR are complicit and covering up serious health and safefy issues on the DSW and nationwide.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Email sent – 08 March 2015 07:40

Network Rail

FOI Department.

Dawlish Sea Wall

Dear Sirs

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with the following
information re the subject title:

1. A copy of the NR monthly report of the Sea Wall Inspection.

2. The total cost breakdown of the above.

3. A copy of the Health and Safety File for the DSW which was completed last

4. A full cost breakdown of the # 3 above.

5. A copy of the Lightning Risk Assessment for the new cycle bridge near
Powderham Castle Dawlish.

6. A copy of the NR action plan of all my H&S complaints sent to Mr
Robert Beveridge in the last 5/6years.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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