Mae hwn yn fersiwn HTML o atodiad i'r cais Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 'The role of the Legatum Institute and its staff in helping the DEEU'.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx 
Correspondence​ ​Unit 
www.gov.uk 
9​ ​Downing​ ​Street 
SW1A​ ​2AG 
 
 
 
Simon​ ​Ferrigno 
Via:​ ​​xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Our​ ​ref:​ ​DEX000746 
21​ ​November​ ​2017  
Dear​ ​​Simon​ ​Ferrigno, 
 
I​ ​refer​ ​to​ ​your​ ​request,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​asked: 
 
 
1. What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute's​ ​role​ ​in​ ​Brexit​ ​negotiations? 
2. Who​ ​sanctioned​ ​this​ ​role​ ​within​ ​government? 
3. Which​ ​Legatum​ ​staff​ ​are​ ​involved? 
4. How​ ​many​ ​meetings​ ​have​ ​they​ ​had​ ​with​ ​ministers​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Prime​ ​Minister? 
5. What​ ​was​ ​discussed​ ​at​ ​these​ ​meetings? 
6. Have​ ​they​ ​taken​ ​part​ ​in​ ​meetings​ ​in​ ​Brussels​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​UK​ ​government 
delegations? 
7. How​ ​many​ ​meetings? 
8. What​ ​was​ ​discussed? 
9. What​ ​formal​ ​reports​ ​and​ ​documents​ ​have​ ​been​ ​prepared​ ​by​ ​Legatum​ ​and​ ​used​ ​by 
DEEU.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​also​ ​like​ ​to​ ​see​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​these​ ​document. 
10. What​ ​is​ ​their​ ​formal​ ​role​ ​and​ ​contribution​ ​to​ ​discussions​ ​about​ ​Brexit​ ​and​ ​the​ ​UK’s 
future​ ​with​ ​the​ ​British​ ​government? 
11. What​ ​parliamentary​ ​oversight​ ​is​ ​there​ ​of​ ​this​ ​participation? 
 
 
 
I​ ​can​ ​confirm​ ​the​ ​information​ ​you​ ​have​ ​requested​ ​in​ ​held​ ​in​ ​part​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting 
the​ ​European​ ​Union​ ​(DExEU).​ ​For​ ​ease​ ​of​ ​reference,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​numbered​ ​your​ ​request.  
 
1,​ ​2,​ ​3.​ ​I​ ​can​ ​confirm​ ​this​ ​information​ ​is​ ​not​ ​held​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Department,​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute​ ​does 
not​ ​have​ ​any​ ​role​ ​in​ ​exit​ ​negotiations.  
 
4-5.​ ​The​ ​Department​ ​does​ ​not​ ​hold​ ​information​ ​on​ ​meetings​ ​between​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute 
and​ ​the​ ​Prime​ ​Minister​ ​and​ ​we​ ​cannot​ ​answer​ ​on​ ​behalf​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Prime​ ​Minister.​ ​We​ ​recommend 
you​ ​direct​ ​any​ ​requests​ ​for​ ​meetings​ ​between​ ​external​ ​stakeholders​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Prime​ ​Minister​ ​to 
10​ ​Downing​ ​Street.  
 
We​ ​are​ ​not​ ​required​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​this​ ​information​ ​with​ ​respect​ ​to​ ​DExEU​ ​Ministers​ ​under​ ​section 
21​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Freedom​ ​of​ ​Information​ ​Act​ ​2000​ ​(FoIA),​ ​which​ ​provides​ ​that​ ​information​ ​is​ ​exempt​ ​if 
it​ ​is​ ​already​ ​in​ ​the​ ​public​ ​domain.  
 
 

 
Information​ ​on​ ​meetings​ ​between​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute​ ​and​ ​DExEU​ ​Ministers​ ​is​ ​published​ ​in 
our​ ​transparency​ ​data​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​included​ ​a​ ​link​ ​to​ ​our​ ​most​ ​recent​ ​publication​ ​below: 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment data/file/651730/Minister
ial Returns - April to June 2017 - Meetings.csv/preview  
 
6,​ ​7,​ ​8.​ ​The​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute​ ​has​ ​not​ ​taken​ ​part​ ​in​ ​any​ ​meetings​ ​in​ ​Brussels​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​UK 
government​ ​delegations.  
 
9.​ ​In​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​part​ ​9​ ​of​ ​your​ ​request,​ ​we​ ​find​ ​this​ ​information​ ​lacks​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​specificity 
to​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​search​ ​criteria​ ​within​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​cost​ ​limits​ ​specified​ ​in​ ​section​ ​12​ ​of​ ​FoIA​ ​as​ ​the 
inclusion​ ​of​ ​“formal...documents”​ ​includes​ ​all​ ​emails,​ ​briefing​ ​documents​ ​and​ ​reports​ ​produced 
by​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute.​ ​This​ ​would​ ​require​ ​us​ ​to​ ​search​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​shared​ ​email​ ​and 
file​ ​accounts​ ​of​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​number​ ​of​ ​staff​ ​across​ ​several​ ​teams​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​we​ ​meet​ ​the 
search​ ​criteria​ ​of​ ​the​ ​request.​ ​In​ ​order​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​your​ ​request​ ​within​ ​the​ ​limits​ ​of​ ​section​ ​12,​ ​it 
would​ ​be​ ​advisable​ ​to​ ​narrow​ ​the​ ​scope​ ​of​ ​your​ ​request​ ​to​ ​“formal​ ​reports”​ ​submitted​ ​to 
Ministers​ ​and​ ​their​ ​Private​ ​Offices.  
 
10-11.​ ​I​ ​can​ ​confirm​ ​the​ ​Legatum​ ​Institute​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​role​ ​in​ ​the​ ​exit​ ​negotiations 
and​ ​engages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​government​ ​as​ ​an​ ​external​ ​stakeholder.​ ​As​ ​such​ ​are​ ​not​ ​able​ ​to 
answer​ ​part​ ​11​ ​of​ ​your​ ​request. 
 
 
If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​queries​ ​about​ ​this​ ​letter,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​FOI​ ​team.​ ​Please​ ​remember​ ​to 
quote​ ​the​ ​reference​ ​number​ ​above​ ​in​ ​any​ ​future​ ​communications. 
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unhappy​ ​with​ ​the​ ​service​ ​you​ ​have​ ​received​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​your​ ​request​ ​or​ ​wish​ ​to 
request​ ​an​ ​internal​ ​review,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​write​ ​to​ ​​xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx​ ​or: 
Freedom​ ​of​ ​Information​ ​Team​ ​(internal​ ​review) 
Department​ ​for​ ​Exiting​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union 
9​ ​Downing​ ​Street 
SW1A​ ​2AG 
You​ ​should​ ​note​ ​that​ ​DExEU​ ​will​ ​not​ ​normally​ ​accept​ ​an​ ​application​ ​for​ ​internal​ ​review​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is 
received​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​months​ ​after​ ​the​ ​date​ ​that​ ​the​ ​reply​ ​was​ ​issued. 
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​content​ ​with​ ​the​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​your​ ​internal​ ​review,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​apply​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​the 
Information​ ​Commissioner​ ​for​ ​a​ ​decision.​ ​Generally,​ ​the​ ​Commissioner​ ​cannot​ ​make​ ​a 
decision​ ​unless​ ​you​ ​have​ ​exhausted​ ​the​ ​complaints​ ​procedure​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​DExEU.​ ​The 
Information​ ​Commissioner​ ​can​ ​be​ ​contacted​ ​at: 
The​ ​Information​ ​Commissioner’s​ ​Office 
Wycliffe​ ​House 
Water​ ​Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9​ ​5AF 
Yours​ ​sincerely, 
 
 

 
Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.