In March of last year I tried (innocently) to find out whether Home Office Ministers spent more time meeting the police leadership of the Metropolitan Police or the political leadership of the Metropolitan Police.
The saga – for anyone still listening – is reprised here.
In November, I formally raised the strange refusal of the Home Office to divulge this information with the Information Commissioner.
On 11th November his office responded saying:
“I have today spoken to the Home Office regarding your complaint; they have acknowledged there have been significant delays in responding to your information request. I have been advised that you will be getting a response within the next five working days.”
You might think that this would be progress. (Admittedly, the Information Commissioner’s Office were less confident saying that “If the Home Office responds and refuses to release the information you have asked for and you are dissatisfied, you may, after exhausting their internal complaints procedure, complain to us again.” They’d clearly been there before.)
In any event, with mounting excitement that I was about to see a response from the Home Office I waited for five working days.
And then another five working days.
And then five more working days.
Suffering a patience failure (if not a sense of humour failure), I left a telephone message for the Information Commissioner.
And his office responded on 7th December saying:
“I have today spoken to the Home Office who have advised me that they have in fact not sent out any response to your information request. In the light of this information I have passed the case to our case resolution team who will contact you as soon as possible to explain how your complaint will be progressed.”
And guess what?
I am still waiting.