Information released by DRD - April 2014 requests

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DRD/2014-0093

FOI Request (received 02 April 2014)

Copies of quotations received in relation to a maintenance contract for Apple Macintosh ICT equipment, March 2014.

Response (issued 09 April 2014)

In response to your request, I can confirm that the Department for Regional Development does hold information related to your request.  As FoI relates to public rights of access to information, I must consider whether information is suitable for release to the world at large, and not solely to the applicant.  I have examined the information you requested to determine whether it is suitable for release to the public.  I regret to inform you that I have determined that the information requested is not suitable for release at this stage.

The requested information relates to a recently conducted procurement exercise.  As part of the exercise, the Department invited selected companies to provide quotations for the provision of the required service.  The quotations provided to the Department in this procurement exercise constitute information that is neither trivial nor reaily available by other means.  As such, the information, having the necessary ‘quality of confidence’, is protected from disclosure by a common law obligation of confidence.  If the Department was to release the quotations into the public domain, this would constitute an actionable breach of confidentiality.  The information requested is therefore exempt from disclosure under the exemption provided by Section 41 (information provided in confidence) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The information you have requested also engages an exemption under Section 43 (commercial interests) of the Act, as release to the public would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of those companies who had provided quotations to the Department.  I have conducted a test of the public interest in this case, and am content that, at this stage, the public interest in favour of withholding the information outweighs the public interest in favour of disclosure.  The timing of the request is so soon after the procurement exercise that all the quotations provided to the Department remain commercially sensitive.

The requested information is therefore withheld under the exemptions provided under FoI by Sections 41 and 43.  I am satisfied that the public interest is best served by withholding this information.

DRD/2014-0094

EIR Request (received 03 April 2014)

Information relating to repairs and resurfacing on the Trailcock Road Carrickfergus, BT38 7NU, including:

  • The frequency/amount of patch repairs and pothole repairs carried out over each of the last 5 years;
  • The itemised cost of these maintenance repairs;
  • The amount of repairs currently outstanding;
  • The classification of the road, it being a bus route;
  • Details of any plans to resurface any section of the road in the near future; and
  • The average cost, per 100m, of road resurfacing.

Response (issued 15 April 2014)

Please note that the information you have requested is environmental information, within the meaning of the legislation, and as a result the Department is obliged to issue a response under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 rather than the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  In response to your questions, I can advise the following:

  • Please see the attached list of defects identified on the Trailcock road, by inspection date, over the last 5 years.  The total cost of patching repairs was £1,786.72;
  • At 14 April 2014 there were 2 no. outstanding defects for repair;
  • Trailcock Road is an unclassified road (U3117);
  • I am pleased to confirm that the Trailcock Road (A2 Larne Road to Castleburn Drive) has been included in our 2014-2015 carriageway resurfacing programme; and
  • Resurfacing costs vary considerably, due to the individual circumstances of each carriageway.  However, the Department would expect that resurfacing of the Trailcock road would cost approximately £20,000 per 100m.

To see the information provided with this response, please contact DRD Information Management Unit, quoting the reference number, above.

DRD/2014-0095

FOI Request (received 02 April 2014)

Information relating to staffing and vacancies in DRD, including:

  • The number of vacancies at Staff Officer level; and
  • The number of vacancies at Deputy Principal level

Response (issued 29 April 2014)

The Department for Regional Development currently has the following number of funded vacancies:

  • Staff Officer - 4; and
  • Deputy Principal - 1.

DRD/2014-0096

EIR Request (received 02 April 2014)

A current list of all subcontractors, suppliers and consultants involved in the A31 Magherafelt bypass; from the A6 Castledawson roundabout to the A31 Moneymore Road junction with the Coolshinney Road (South).

Response (issued 16 April 2014)

Further to your request for data, please see the list, below, of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants involved in the A31 Magherafelt Bypass scheme to date.  Note that the scheme is at pre-tender stage, so the construction contract has not been awarded.

Role Name Address Activity
Consultant Mouchel Shorefield House, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood  
Sub-Consultant Soil Mechanics 280, Comber Rd., Lisburn Geotechnical Investigations
Sub-Consultant John Cronin Assoc. 28, Upper Main St., Buncrana, Co. Donegal Archaeological Specialist
Sub-Consultant Martin & Rea 16, St. Patrick's Hill, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary Agricultural Specialist
Sub-Consultant C Lewis 28, Lime St., London Business Interruption Specialist
Sub-Consultant Chandler KBS Citylink Business Park, Albert Rd., Belfast Procurement Specialist
Sub-Consultant Fugro BKS Sandel Village Centre, Knocklynn Rd, Coleraine Surveying
Sub-Consultant Sky High 10, High St., Tadcaster, Leeds Traffic Surveys
Subcontractor Allen & Mellon Environmental Ltd. 21a, Windsor Ave., Belfast Environmental Specialist
Subcontractor Thomson Ecology Surrey Tech. Centre, 40, Occom Rd., Guildford Ecology Specialist
Supplier PRONI 2, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast Mapping Services
Supplier British Geological Survey Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast Mapping Services
Supplier Land Registry Lincoln Buidings, Great Victoria Street, Belfast Mapping Services
Supplier CEDaR, Ulster Museum, NMNI 153 Bangor Road, Cultra Environmental Information Service
Supplier Antrim Printers Steeple Rd. Industrial Estate, Antrim Printing - Public Exhibitions
Supplier Future Press 31, Hibernia St., Holywood Printing - Public Exhibitions
Supplier Niavac 5, Prince Regent Rd., Castlereagh, Belfast AV Equipment - Public Exhibitions
Supplier Relish Catering 1, Broad Street, Magherafelt Catering - Public Exhibitions
Supplier Glenavon Hotel 52, Drum Road, Cookstown Workshop venue
Supplier Greenvale Hotel 57, Drum Road, Cookstown Workshop venue
Supplier Meadowbank Leisure Complex Magherafelt Public Exhibition venue
Supplier The Streat Rainey Street, Magherafelt Catering - Public Exhibitions
Supplier Beechlawn Hotel 4, Dunmurry Lane, Belfast Workshop venue
Supplier A&B Office Equipment B7 Dundonald Enterprise Park, Belfast Public Inquiry - Office equipment
Supplier The Terrace Hotel Church Street, Magherafelt Public Inquiry - Accomodation
Supplier Corporate AV Hire 2, Woodstock Link, Belfast AV Equipment - Public Inquiry
Supplier La Touche Training The Capel Building, Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7 Public Inquiry - Expert Witness training
Supplier CEEQUAL   Scheme accreditation

DRD/2014-0100

FOI Request (received 10 April 2014)

Information about Civil Servants subject to disciplinary proceedings and/or dismissal within each of the last 7 years in the Department for Regional Development, including:

  1. The numbers dismissed for gross misconduct;
  2. The numbers, having been dismissed for gross misconduct, who submitted an internal appeal;
  3. The numbers reinstated following appeal;
  4. The numbers found to have disclosed private information to an unauthorised person(s);
  5. The numbers, having disclosed information to an unauthorised person(s), charged with misconduct by Departmental HR;
  6. The numbers, having disclosed information to an unauthorised person(s), charged with gross misconduct by Departmental HR;
  7. The numbers, charged with misconduct and subsequently dismissed;
  8. The numbers charged with breaching NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 1 - type b, whereby their misconduct of any kind may have an adverse effect on the working of Departments, or subject Departments to unfavourable criticism;
  9. The numbers charged with breaching NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 2 - number 13, whereby their actions were found to potentially bring the organisation into serious disrepute- where unacceptable conduct either inside or outside of work becomes apparent and could seriously damage the NICS’ reputation;
  10. The numbers dismissed for breaching NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 2 - number 13, whereby their actions were found to potentially bring the organisation into serious disrepute- where unacceptable conduct either inside or outside of work becomes apparent and could seriously damage the NICS’ reputation;
  11. How the Department determines whether the action of a staff member breaches NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 1 - type b; and
  12. How the Department determines whether the action of a staff member breaches NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 2 - number 13.

Response (issued 08 May 2014)

In response to your request for information the Department for Regional Development can advise the following for the last 7 years:

  1. The numbers of Civil Servants dismissed for gross misconduct:
    Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    No. of staff 0 1 0 2 2 1 2
  2. The numbers of the above submitting an internal appeal:
    Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    No. of staff 0 0 0 2 2 1 1
  3. The numbers of the above reinstated following appeal:
    Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    No. of staff 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  4. There has been one reportable disclosure of personal information in the past 7 years;
  5. One officer has been charged with misconduct, subsequent to the disclosure of personal information, in the past 7 years;
  6. None;
  7. None;
  8. The following numbers of Civil Servants were charged with breaching NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 1 - type b:
    Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    No. of staff 0 0 2 6 8 6 5
  9. The following numbers of Civil Servants were charged with breaching NICS HR Policy 6.03 disciplinary procedures - annex 2 - number 13: 
    Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    No. of staff 0 0 2 6 8 6 5

    N.B. the responses provided for questions 8 & 9 refer to non-industrial staff only.  Information for industrial staff is not held centrally.  In order to establish if disciplinary cases fall within the definitions provided in those questions, all case files would need to be individually reviewed.  The Department estimates that this would breach the cost limit for Freedom of Information requests.  The Department estimates that, based on 20 minutes for each of 102 case files, this would cost £850.  Please confirm whether you would wish to pay this cost, to identify the information.  You may wish to refine your information requirements in relation to questions 8 & 9 to allow the Department assist you more effectively with regard to industrial staff;

  10. None;
  11. The Department considers each case on its own merits and on the currently available facts; and
  12. The Department considers each case on its own merits and on the currently available facts.

DRD/2014-0101

EIR Request (received 10 April 2014)

With the introduction of Personal Independent Payments (PIPs), as already enacted in England, the qualifying walking distance is now 20 metres (30 metres less than is currently legislated for in the Disability Living Allowance) for anyone claiming the mobility element of this disability benefit (PIP).  Please provide the following:

  1. Confirmation of DRD consultation/liaison with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and/or the Department for Social Development (DSD) on this matter; and
  2. Confirmation of whether disabled parking spaces/bays, controlled by the Department, will be relocated to accommodate the revised walking distance of 20 metres.

Response (issued 17 April 2014)

Thank you for your e-mail on 10th April 2014.

By way of background to the issue that you raise the Department for Regional Development (DRD) recently conducted a public consultation exercise on the Review of its Blue Badge Scheme in Northern Ireland. 

One of the proposed changes consulted on were the options for changes to the DRD's Blue Badge eligibility criteria that have to be made to enable any passported benefits from the Department for Social Development's (DSD) led Personal Independence Payment (PIP). In conducting its consultation exercise, DRD sought views on how it could address DSD's led proposed Welfare Reform change, from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP, in the fairest manner to existing and future Blue Badge holders and applicants. DSD has involved DRD officials from the start of their Welfare Reform process in relation to DLA passported benefits such as the Blue Badge.

DRD is currently finalising its recommendations on the public consultation exercise.

The new criteria contained in the mobility element of PIP are outside of DRD’s control, however, DRD's main aim is that it will be in a position to maintain automatic entitlement to a Blue Badge to those who are in receipt of certain PIP criteria when they move from DLA to PIP. The Department has to make a change otherwise the link will be lost. It is proposed that DRD will also amend its eligibility criteria for a disabled parking bay to mirror any change agreed between PIP and the Blue Badge eligibility criteria.

DRD does not have to mirror the new PIP 'Moving Around' enhanced mobility component score, for example, it may decide to use a lower scoring PIP descriptor that would be the closest match to those who already would have been entitled to a Blue Badge/Disabled Parking Bay under the higher rate of mobility component of DLA.

The findings of the Blue Badge review should be available soon and the Report will be placed on the DRD Internet Site.

I should add in relation to your second question that DRD's policy for the provision of bays in response to requests from individuals will generally see the provision of a bay if it is found that there is a difficulty finding a convenient parking place within a distance of 25m of the applicant’s front door/main household access. The bay will be located as close as possible to the main access irrespective of distance.

In terms of general provision, accessible bays are normally located as close to the main shopping areas as is possible, again irrespective of distance but bearing in mind the physical constraints encountered in our town and city centres, and bays in car parks are normally located next to the main pedestrian accesses.

As bays are normally provided in the nearest possible position to the main possible destinations there are no plans to re-locate any existing bays. If there any examples where you think bays could possibly be re-located please let me know and we will assess the situation.

DRD/2014-0102

EIR Request (received 10 April 2014)

Following the introduction of the reduced pay and display off-street parking fees in 25 locations in Northern Ireland (5 hours parking for £1); details of whether the Department has introduced a further concessionary tariff for disabled motorists.

Response (issued 13 May 2014)

No concessionary off-street parking tariffs have been approved for motorists with disabilities. Motorists with disabilities can also avail of the £1 pilot tariff.  The Disabled Persons Badge Scheme provides on-street parking concessions for Blue Badge Holders.  The scheme does not apply to off-street car parks.  However, some car parks may provide spaces for disabled people.  You should check the signage in the car park for information on any concessions available.

DRD/2014-0103

FOI Request (received 14 April 2014)

Details of management of staff attendance in the Department for Regional Development from February 2012 to date:

  1. The number of staff who breached the NICS triggers in the period;
  2. The number of Written/Final Written warnings issued in the period;
  3. The number of staff breaching the triggers and eligible for a Written/Final Written warning that did not receive such warning due to maternity related illness during the period;
  4. The number of staff who appealed Written/Final Written warnings in the period; and
  5. The number of Written/Final Written warnings overturned on appeal.

Response (issued 12 May 2014)

In response to your request for information about staff breaching triggers and Written/Final Written warnings in the Department for Regional Development, I can provide the following:

  1. 988;
  2. 74 Written Warnings and 8 Final Written Warnings;
  3. None;
  4. Of the 74 Written Warnings issued, 14 appeals were received.  Of the 8 Final Written Warnings issued, 1 appeal was received; and
  5. Following appeal, 2 Written Warnings were overturned.  None of the Final Written Warnings were overturned.

DRD/2014-0104

EIR Request (received 16 April 2014)

Copies of the following DRD documents, relating to the A5 Western Transport Corridor:

  1. Director of Engineering December 2013 Report; and
  2. A5WTC Lessons Learnt - Action Plan.

Response (issued 20 May 2014)

We have determined that the information requested falls under the aegis of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as opposed to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The documents requested are enclosed.

Please note that the Director of Engineering report has been redacted; with the following exceptions applied:

  • Regulation 12(4)(e) - internal communications;
  • Regulation 12(5)(b) - the course of justice and enquiries; and
  • Regulation 12 (5)(e) - confidentiality of commercial or industrial information.  

I am satisfied that the public interest supports the redaction of this material in this case as:

  • The issues are still “live”; and
  • It is not possible to provide this information without disclosing sensitive information.

I can confirm that none of the redacted material relates to the A5WTC project.

To see the information provided with this response, please contact DRD Information Management Unit, quoting the reference number, above.

DRD/2014-0105

FOI Request (received 16 April 2014)

Details of all vacant AO full and part time positions in DRD in the Belfast, Dundonald and Greater Belfast areas, together with all posts filled in those areas from the AO competition pool (including whether full or part time, or changed from one to the other).

Response (issued 13 May 2014)

I can confirm that the Department for Regional Development has no current AO vacancies, nor filled any from the AOP competition pool, for the areas mentioned in your request.

DRD/2014-0106

EIR Request (received 15 April 2014)

Information relating to, an allegedly faulty, Pay and Display (Parkeon) meter No. 99 at Ireton Street, Londonderry, including:

  1. Details of the numbers of any other complaints made to Roads Service, or the contractor responsible, regarding the Parkeon Meter No. 99, within the 7 days either side of 20 September 2013;
  2. Confirmation of whether the meter was corrected, to ensure Pay and Display tickets produced listed the correct time;
  3. Confirmation of whether any other parties have complained about Penalty Charge Notices issued for parking offences on Ireton Street, relating to tickets issued by Parkeon Meter No. 99, within the 7 days either side of 20 September 2013;
  4. Details of the amount of revenue generated from Penalty Charge Notices issed for ‘non display’ of valid Pay and Display tickets generated from Parkeon Meter No. 99, for the month of September 2013; and
  5. Confirmation of whether Parkeon Meters are under the direct control of the Department for Regional Development or are operated under a PPP/PFI scheme, or other contractual arrangement.

Response (issued 09 May 2014)

Please find the Department’s responses to the issues you have raised in the order raised:

  1. No complaints were received;
  2. As no fault was reported, no further action was required.  The clocks in all Parkeon Pay and Display equipment are automatically updated from a main server every night.  As part of this automatic update process, the Meters download all relevant information, including tariff updates, and syncrhonise their timing to the main server;
  3. No objections were received;
  4. During September 2013 four PCN’s were issued to vehicles parked in Ireton Street under Contravention Code 05. Total revenue £270. (Inclusive of your PCN Charge of £135); and
  5. DRD’s Roads Service is responsible for the enforcement of most parking restrictions, both on-street and in Roads Service’s off-street car parks. On-the-ground enforcement is provided by Roads Service’s contractor, NSL Services Group which employs the traffic attendants.

DRD/2014-0107

FOI Request (received 23 April 2014)

A copy of the Department for Regional Development’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) policy, as required by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners

Response (issued 29 May 2014)

In response to your request, I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held.

The Department for Regional Development currently does not have a RIPA corporate policy document.  The Department has only used covert surveillance, conducted in line with the guidance contained within the Home Office Codes of Practice, on one occasion.  While the Department did comply with the requirements of Part II the Act (that the surveillance must be lawful, proportionate and necessary) and, thus, with the Human Rights Act 1998.  Given the remote likelihood of the Department for Regional Development requiring covert surveillance to be conducted, a policy had not been developed in advance.  I hope you find this helpful.

DRD/2014-0108

FOI Request (received 23 April 2014)

The number of occasions that the Department for Regional Development invoked powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 financial years, including:

A brief description of the reason for invoking the powers under RIPA; and
Details of the action taken, following invoking the powers.

Response (issued 22 May 2014)

The Department did not exercise its powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in the financial year 2012-2013.

In 2013-2014, the Department exercised its powers under the Act on one occasion.  Directed surveillance was authorised under Section 28(3)(b) for the purpose of preventing a suspected fraudulent claim for personal injury compensation.  An out of court settlement of the claim was subsequently agreed by both parties.

DRD/2014-0109

EIR Request (received 14 April 2014)

Copies of all records that demonstrate that the ticket machine in the Market Square, Ballyclare, Pay and Display car park was in working order on 31 March 2014, and accepting £1 coins.

Response (issued 15 May 2014)

NSL Services Ltd has provided two reports which indicate £1 coin usage. The Overall Weekly Collections report for the weeks-ending 28 March and 04 April 2014 (Appendix 1) indicates that 127 and 138 £1 coins were accepted by this machine in the respective weeks.

The Machine Transaction Report for Pay and Display Machine 3204 for the period 28 March 2014 to 03 April 2014 (Appendix 2) confirms that during this period out of a total of 555 parking event transactions 152 transactions occurred for purchases of £1 or more.

Periodic £1 coin checks are carried out by the service provider, NSL Services Ltd, and they have confirmed that a Machine 3204 was checked on 11 April 2014 and showed a 100% acceptance.

To see the information provided with this response, please contact DRD Information Management Unit, quoting the reference number, above.

DRD/2014-0110

EIR Request (received 25 April 2014)

Details of the numbers of vehicles issued with Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) which had been parked in the end taper of the lay by on Chichester Street, Belfast.  The dates of all PCNs issued at this location, following the date of the bus lane coming into operation on Chichester Street.

Response (issued 15 May 2014)

You requested the number of PCNs issued at the location in question, and, the dates on which the PCNs were issued.

In response to your request, I can confirm that since the introduction of the bus lane in Chichester Street, at the location you have identified, 46 PCNs have been issued. The dates on which these were issued were as follows:

*2 x 09/1/14, *2 x 11/1/14, 14/1/14, 17/1/14, 19/1/14, 20/1/14, 22/1/14, 23/1/14, 2 x 25/1/14, 30/1/14, 6/2/14, 8/2/14, *2 x 12/2/14, 13/2/14, 17/2/14, 20/2/14, 21/2/14, 23/2/14, 26/2/14, *2 x 27/2/14, *2 x 28/2/14, *2 x 1/3/14, *2 x 6/3/14, 7/3/14, *2 x 9/3/14, 12/3/14, 14/3/14, *2 x 17/3/14, 21/3/14, 29/3/14, 4/4/14, 9/4/14, *2 x 10/4/14, 11/4/14 and 19/4/14.

Note: numbers highlighted with an asterisk indicate that two PCNs were issued on the same day, to two different vehicles.

DRD/2014-0111

FOI Request (received 15 April 2014)

I wish to apply for disclosure of the following information:

  1. Please tell me how many people engaged with your department are/were engaged in limited companies/an off-payroll basis in each of the last five financial years (up to and including 2013/14);
  2. Please state, in each year, how many of these officials were on a salary of (1) over £50,000 (2) over £58,200 (3) over £70,000 (4) over £100,000; and
  3. You may be aware of the HMRC investigation stated above. Please state how many of the "off payroll" positions examined by HMRC were deemed irregular.

Response (issued 16 May 2014)

The Department’s responses are set out below in order:

  1. No staff in the Department, in the last five financial years (up to and including 2013/2014), were paid other than through the normal PAYE arrangements.  Agency workers across the NICS are recruited via contracted employment agencies.  The Contractor is responsible for the payment of wages to all temporary/ short-term workers and conducts all appropriate administrative procedures regarding Income Tax, Employers and Employees National Insurance, EU Working Time Directive Payment, i.e., Holiday Pay, Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay. The Department pays invoices presented by the employment agencies based on numbers of workers and agreed rates.  The average number of agency/ temporary workers engaged by the Department in this period is set out in the table below.
    Year Number of Agency/Temporary Workers
    2009-2010 69
    2010-2011 21
    2011-2012 17
    2012-2013 21
    2013-2014 29*

    * Provisional figure pending finalisation and publication of 2013/2014 Resource Accounts;

  2. None.  Agency/temporary workers are appointed to cover basic administrative or junior professional and technical posts; and
  3. The Department is aware of the HMRC investigation.  No "off payroll" positions examined by HMRC have been deemed irregular.

DRD/2014-0112

EIR Request (received 28 April 2014)

The total revenue generated at each of the Roads Service car parks within the Derry City Council area in 2013.

Response (issued 07 May 2014)

I have provided the information on total revenue generated at each of the Roads Service car parks within the Derry City area for the financial year 2012-2013. The information for the financial year 2013-2014 is not available at this time.

Car Park Net Income
Spencer Road £24,471.51
Foyle Road £36,591.76
Society Street £21,895.90
Carlisle Road £23,063.08
Queens Quay South £29,893.05
Victoria Market £104,511.83
Bishop Street £162,473.83
William Street £94,578.78
Strand Road £54,210.90
Foyle Street  £56,663.01
Total £608,353.74

DRD/2014-0113

EIR Request (received 23 April 2014)

Details of all Penalty Charge Notice appeals/complaints received by the Department, from December 2013 to April 2014, made by people who claimed they had paid for their car parking using the park mobile service.

Response (issued 15 May 2014)

Because the parking enforcement code is the same for both Pay and Display and Parkmobile events it is not possible to differentiate between the two.  Therefore, I am unable to provide data from December 2013 to April 2014 from customers who received a PCN and who believed they used the Parkmobile service.

DRD/2014-0114

EIR Request (received 23 April 2014)

Information relating to staff attitude surveys, including:

  1. Copies of the findings of any staff attitude surveys undertaken in your Department during the last five years.  Copies of any studies or research already undertaken on these findings, or details of any action instigated as a result, would also be appreciated;
  2. I would also be interested in establishing, if possible, whether records are kept, for each year, of the percentages of Departmental staff who were ineligible (either directly through Communication Bans or indirectly through Note and File Only Orders) to take part in such surveys; and
  3. Copies, for each year, of the percentages of those staff, nominally eligible to give their views, who actually did so in practice.

Response (issued 22 May 2014)

In response to your requests for information, the Department can advise the following:

  1. The requested information is attached;
  2. You have previously been advised that under Section 14 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) the Department is not obliged to comply with requests for information which are vexatious, as in the case of requests regarding both “communication bans” and “note and file only orders”; and
  3. This information is included in the documentation released at (1).

To see the information provided with this response, please contact DRD Information Management Unit, quoting the reference number, above.

DRD/2014-0115

FOI Request (received 28 April 2014)

A breakdown of the number of hours overtime worked, and the costs, in the Department in the 2013-2014 financial year.

Response (issued 08 May 2014)

In relation to overtime in the Department for Regional Development in the 2013-2014 financial year, I can advise the following:

  • The hours of overtime worked = 214,188; and
  • Cost of overtime = £2,052,949.

DRD/2014-0118

EIR Request (received 16 April 2014)

Copies of the Department’s proposals for parking restrictions in Coalisland, discussed at a meeting on 03 April 2014 in the town, including:

  1. The proposed parking restrictions plan;
  2. The recent DRD/Roads Service traffic survey in the town;
  3. Any pictures taken by Roads Service staff when visiting the town, demonstrating examples of parking; and
  4. All correspondence sent or received by DRD/Roads Service since 03 April 2014, in relation to parking in Coalisland.

Response (issued 16 May 2014)

In response to your request for information about parking in Coalisland, I can advise the following:

  1. A copy of the proposals for parking in Coalsiland is attached;
  2. No formal traffic survey was undertaken in Coalisland, however, I attach copies of observation notes made by Roads Service staff during site visits in the town;
  3. Copies of the photographs are attached; and
  4. Copies of all correspondence, since 03 April 2014, relating to the proposals, are attached.

To see the information provided with this response, please contact DRD Information Management Unit, quoting the reference number, above.

 

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