Rail Cost Benefit

Andrew Riddell made this Official Information request to The Treasury

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Minister of Finance,

Cabinet paper CAB 15 (181) Funding for Kiwirail, dated 30 March 2015, refers to a cost benefit study undertaken in the third bullet point of paragraph 44.

Please provide a copy of this cost benefit analysis.

Paragraph 44 of this cabinet paper also states "During 2014, the Treasury, the Ministry of Transport and NZTA undertook an assessment of the economic and policy considerations for continuing to fund KiwiRail at the levels required."

Please provide a schedule of all documents that were produced as part of this assessment, including a summary of the content of each document and the date it was prepared.

I am happy to receive electronic copies of the information requested.

I confirm i am a New Zealand citizen and am resident in New Zealand.

Kia ora,

Andrew Riddell

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From: B English (MIN)

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From: B English (MIN)

Dear Andrew Riddell

On behalf of the Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance, I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 10 July 2015.

Your request was received in this office on 13 July 2015 and will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act.

Yours sincerely

Katy Greco-Ainslie
Private Secretary

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Ministerial Services Inbox [TSY],

I refer to my request for a copy of the cost benefit analysis and other documents relating to Treasury's assessment of New Zealand Rail.

This request was transferred to Treasury with the Treasury acknowledgment stating that it was received on 13 July. It is now overdue for a response.

This is ironic given the Government's official commitment to open government.

When might I accept the requested information?

Kia ora,

Andrew Riddell

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Andrew Riddell left an annotation ()

This request was initially sent to the Minster of Finance who transferred it to Treasury. The automated this-request-is-overdue letter was sent to Ministerial Services notwithstanding the request had been transferred to Treasury as I could not figure out how to forward the this-request-is-overdue letter to Treasury.

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Oliver Lineham (FYI.org.nz volunteer) left an annotation ()

The Ministerial Services address your follow-up went to is a treasury.govt.nz address.

I'll move your request anyway as it improves our metadata.

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Letter from Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance attached.

Katy Greco-Ainslie
Private Secretary to Hon Bill English
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and
Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation

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