Oh boy! We're gonna have some fun with this one 🤣

@DHSCgovuk finally responded (after FOUR delays) to my #FOI request about the #JointBiosecurityCentre 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

TL;DR: Contradicting its own published statements, official procedures & Codes, #DHSC says it doesn't hold anything...
Here is @DHSCgovuk's response:


and, for reference, here is a snapshot of the GOV.UK page about #JBC, taken 4 days after #DHSC's reply:


So, what did DHSC say? I asked for a copy of the "establishing document"...
...for the #JointBiosecurityCentre, a £9 BILLION* new directorate** of @DHSCgovuk, and...

*According @CMO_England's evidence to Parliament last July:

**According to its webpage, "#JBC was established as a new #directorate within DHSC on 1 June 2020".
...@DHSCgovuk says: "JBC's part of TestandTrace, so we don't need one".

Nope, sorry - you do!

"NHS Test & Trace" is a *service*; #JBC is a *directorate* delivering some of the statutory duties of @MattHancock, just like @PHE_uk.

That #TestandTrace isn't listed as an ALB on...
...either @DHSCgovuk's own website...


or on GOV.UK's list of Departments, agencies and public bodies...


...should be a clue!

Hiding a £9 billion DIRECTORATE, set up by spooks, behind a (mere) SERVICE however...
...massive that service may be, must be breaking all *sorts* of government/civil service rules.

All such Bodies have #Boards, and Gov't procedure (and #accountability) requires those Boards have to have #OperatingFrameworks - which must include HOW THEY WORK WITH EACH OTHER...
...see, e.g. gov.uk/government/pub…

On a side note, it's likely the new #DirectorGeneral of the #JBC (applications close 11 April 2021: civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?j…) is gonna find data "partnerships" tricky beyond the #COPInotices, without formal standing and legitimate #DSAs...
The answer to my Q2 is utter bollocks.

@DHSCgovuk has to have formal agreements between *itself* and its own #ArmsLengthBodies, cf. the Code on Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments - and the requirements are VERY specific about the #governance of #ALBs 👇👇👇
And @DHSCgovuk's answer to my Q3 is plainly evasive.

It admits #JBC "utilises" #DPIAs - which meets my wider definition of "operational steps JBC has taken to ensure robust privacy and ethical standards are upheld" - but says #DHSC (but notably not #TestandTrace) "holds" them...
...thereby only emphasising the need for formal agreements between bodies of various types, with varying #statutory duties and obligations. Lest it appear that, e.g. #JBC is nothing more than a @DHSCgovuk data processor...

...which might be(come) inconvenient!
Clarification: according @cabinetofficeuk's 'Public Bodies Handbook'


given its DG, budget and role, #JBC should be an #ExecutiveAgency (like @PHE_uk) not an #ALB.

Doesn't affect my basic point, as @DHSCgovuk must have #FrameworkAgreements with its #EAs.

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