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Alex Wickham By email to

12 November 2012

Dear Mr Wickham Freedom of Information Act 2000 – RFI20121175 Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act (‘the Act’) of 28 October 2012, seeking the following information: Between 1st January 2012 and 1st July 2012 how many days did Lord Patten attend Broadcasting House? We wrote to you on 30 October, giving some details of Lord Patten’s work as Chairman of the BBC Trust. You then confirmed that you would like us to provide the number of days Lord Patten attended the Trust’s office at Great Portland Street, London, between 1 January and 1 July 2012. The Chairman of the Trust is expected to spend around three to four days a week on BBC business. However, the nature of the role means that the Chairman needs to be available seven days a week to deal with BBC business, as required. Our records show a total of 78 days in this period on which the Chairman was working on BBC business, or three days per week without any allowance for annual leave. In response to your specific question, Lord Patten attended the Trust’s offices in Great Portland Street on 56 days between 1 January and 1 July 2012. He attended meetings and events at other BBC buildings and external venues on BBC business on a further 19 days during this period. He took part in scheduled BBC-related telephone calls on a further three days. In order to fulfil his role as Chairman of the Trust, Lord Patten also sets aside time on other days, when not at BBC sites, to prepare for BBC business, and would expect to spend some time on

BBC business almost every day. This includes reading board papers, writing speeches and articles, and making and receiving telephone calls. We do not keep a record of this.

Appeal Rights If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference number. If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see Yours sincerely, Louise Lander BBC Information Policy and Compliance