Correspondence with Home Office between 2009-2010 in relation to Windrush Generation landing cards

FOI request reference: F0052337
Publication date: May 2018

Request

1. Please can I have a copy of any and all correspondence you received or sent with the UK Home Office between 2009 and 2010.
2. Please can I have the correspondence with the Home Office, over this period, relating to the arrival or “landing cards” of the “Windrush generation” or immigrants from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973.

Outcome

Not successful / no information held

Response

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions that may apply.

1. Please can I have a copy of any and all correspondence you received or sent with the UK Home Office between 2009 and 2010.

Section 12 – Cost Limits
The FOI Act give you two rights of access when you write to us asking for information. You have the right to know whether we hold the information that you are looking for, and you have the right to have the information given to you. These rights may only be overridden if the information you are looking for is covered by an exemption in the Act.

We have determined that we will not be able to answer your request because to do so would exceed the cost limit provision under section 12 of the Act. Section 12 (1) of the Act, makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for The National Archives (as a central government department) is set at £600. This equates to 25 hours staff time (or one person spending 3 and a bit working days) purely on determining whether the department holds the information, as well as locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

We estimate that it will take us in excess of this to identify the appropriate information, and locate, retrieve and extract it in response to your request. This is because, in the normal course of business TNA corresponds regularly with other government departments, including the Home Office and to retrieve the information in the format and structure you have asked for would require searching through thousands of pieces of correspondence to identify and determine information relevant to the scope of your request. Therefore we will not be processing this part of your request any further.

2. Please can I have the correspondence with the Home Office, over this period, relating to the arrival or “landing cards” of the “Windrush generation” or immigrants from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973.

What we were able to search for within the cost limit was for any information that we hold within the narrowed scope of the second part of your request. We have used the search times that you provided (“Windrush generation”; “landing cards”; “immigrants from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973”).

I can confirm that The National Archives does not hold information relevant to your request.