Tom Winsor Has Completely Disappeared

Last Updated on November 21, 2015 by RetiredAndAngry

Well, that’s not strictly true, but he has been expunged from the record.

After Friday’s blog and the shitstorm it invoked about the apparent lack of transparency surronding a certain man and his Indepent Review, I dug a little deeper and went into the Home Office Disclosure Log to make sure the original request hadn’t ‘disappeared’.

Well it hasn’t.

But Tom Winsor and White & Case have disappeared.

The original response to Freedom of Information Request dated 20th May 2011 said this

You asked specifically for:
‘…how much Tom Winsor has either been paid or will be paid to carry out his review on remuneration and conditions of service for police officers and staff in England and Wales?
In relation to this review, can you please also inform me the amount of money paid or being paid to Sir Edward Crew and Professor Richard Disney for their work in participating with Tom Winsor?’

The Home Office response to this request said this

I am able to disclose the following information:
The law firm White and Case, at which Tom Winsor is a partner, will receive £300 per day for his services. Sir Edward Crew, who is the review’s Policing Advisor, will also receive £300 per day for his services.
Richard Disney is Professor of labour market economics at the University of Nottingham. The university has received £16,000 for his report.

When I go to the Home Office Disclosure Log for CR18164 I find his

Payments to Richard Disney for review on remuneration and conditions of service for police officers and staff in England and Wales

This says

18164
We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:

The amount of money paid or being paid to Professor Richard Disney for hiw work in participating with Tom Winsor

We released the following information on 20 May 2011.

Richard Disney is Professor of labour market economics at the University of Nottingham. The university has received £16,000 for his report.

So Tom Winsor and Sir Edward Crewe have completely disappeared from the request and response, a cynical person might think there’s something dodgy going on.

 ADDENDUM

I have today requested full details of the above FOI request via the Freedom of Information Act.  I await their response.

5 comments on “Tom Winsor Has Completely Disappeared

    • Thanks Ian, how much Edward Crew got paid isn’t really much of an issue, the issue really is that the reference to Winsor and his payments appears to have been removed from a damning FOI response, it simply is no longer included in the response. I have the original in my possession

  1. Jack Whatshisname is reviewing the FOI act (Consultation closed last Friday) so I confidently expect that you will be strung along until the review is completed and the FOI act becomes a toothless tiger. Turkeys don’t vote for Xmas.

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