Record of alleged telephone call from Alan Hilvert-Bruce to Entrepreneurs' Programme 'subject matter expert'

Ellie made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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From: Ellie


On 15 September 2020 in an email response to Mr Menzies with respect to his 13 September 2020 FOI request for a report, Mr Alan Hilvert-Bruce (senior legal counsel) advised that the request is invalid since it would entail the creation of 'new documents'.

On 1 October 2020 in an email response to myself with respect to his 15 September 2020 advice, Mr Hilvert-Bruce elaborated as to his reasoning, advising that the request is invalid since the department lacks a dataset from which it can create a report (alas, to create a special-purpose dataset would constitute the creation of a new document).

During a teleconference with myself on 2 October 2020 at 2:30PM, Mr Hilvert-Bruce alleged that he knows the dataset doesn't exist since he had "called the line area" with respect to the FOI request to speak to "subject matter experts" who advised him that no such dataset exists.

You may verify Mr Hilvert-Bruce's statement from the full teleconference transcript furnished on 5 October 2020 for his perusal and upon his request. For reference, his allegations are found under paras 117-120.

I REQUEST documents containing the telephone record(s) of the call(s) Mr Hilvert-Bruce purports to have made to the line area, with the date(s), time(s) and length(s) of the call(s), including the destination telephone number(s) and the name(s) of the subject matter expert(s) if available.


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