Not satisfied with the answers – Don asks four more?

Dear admin@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

I am informed by RMBC that the Leader, Cllr Roger Stone, recently undertook a visit on 2012.03.12 to Bulgaria on behalf of Migration Yorkshire.

I have made an FOI enquiry to RMBC in connection with this (see attached e-mail) and they have informed me that certain details are not recorded and held by them as the visit was undertaken on behalf of your statutory organisation, Migration Yorkshire.

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act I therefore require you to provide me with the following information –

1. What was the cost of Cllr Roger Stone’s air travel and accommodation costs? Please supply an itemised breakdown, including any drinks, meals, supplementaries etc.
2. Please provide copies of any hospitality declarations made by Cllr Roger Stone in relation to this particular visit.
3. Please provide specific details of the accommodation venue, and specific details of the reason for the visit, and any post-visit reports relating to the visit on which Cllr Roger Stone was engaged.
4. Will Migration Yorkshire at Leeds City Council be reimbursing fuel costs and driver staff costs to Rotherham MBC for the use by RMBC Cllr Roger Stone of RMBC statutory vehicle, BMW saloon registration number YM08DZP used to convey him and Cllr Olivia Marie Rowley, Wakefield MDC to Manchester Airport on Migration Yorkshire business? And if not please explain why not.

Please provide the above information in electronic format and within the timescale prescribed in the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

Eight more interesting questions

Dear chiefexecutive@rotherham.gov.uk

Further to the information provided to me in relation to RMBC statutory vehicle, BMW saloon reg no YM08DZP, I have scrutinised the document Car Mileage0001[1].pdf and I have the following questions which I wish to put to you and to which I require you to provide me with further information –

Log Entry No 19723 – 12.03.2012
This entry shows the vehicle was deployed from its depot at 0330 hrs to Kilnhurst (where I believe Cllr Stone lives) to pick up the Leader, Cllr Stone, and then onto 160 Agbrigg Road, Wakefield WF1 5BY to collect Cllr Olivia Marie Rowley, of Wakefield MDC, and then onto Manchester Airport, returning back to its depot at 0730 hrs.

Question 1 – Who within RMBC, and in what function, authorised and approved the RMBC vehicle to deploy to another Council area to collect Cllr Olivia Marie Rowley, of Wakefield MDC?

Question 2 – Will RMBC be seeking to recover partial fuel costs reimbursement and driver staff costs reimbursement from Wakefield MDC? And if not, please explain why not.

Question 3 – Is it standard operating practice for an RMBC statutory vehicle, paid for and provided by Rotherham taxpayers for the use of RMBC Elected Members and/or Officers, to be at the disposal of other Council’s Elected Members and/or Officers in other Authorities?

Question 4 – Please provide specific details of the flight destination, flight number, reason for air travel, accommodation venue, and specific details of the nature of the visit on which Cllr Roger Stone was engaged.

Question 5 – What was the cost of Cllr Roger Stone’s air travel and accommodation costs? Please supply an itemised breakdown, including any drinks, meals, supplementaries etc.

Question 6 – Did RMBC, via its ratepayers, pay for the costs of Cllr Stone’s air travel and accommodation costs?

Question 7 – Did RMBC, via its ratepayers, pay for the costs of Wakefield MDC Cllr Olivia Marie Rowley’s air travel and accommodation costs?

Question 8 – Please provide copies of any hospitality declarations by Cllr Roger Stone in relation to this particular visit.

Please supply your responses to the above questions in electronic format and in as timely a manner as possible.

Yours Sincerely,

Donald H. Buxton