Disclosure of the terms of reference agreed by Gordon Brown for the Iraq Inquiry

christopher lamb made this Freedom of Information request to Cabinet Office

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Cabinet Office.

Dear Cabinet Office,

Under the terms of reference of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request disclosure of all papers which show precisely what former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, agreed to with respect to 'the timing of the announcement; length of the (Iraq) Inquiry; format and Terms of Reference'.

In relation to this, I make especial reference to the memo/letter sent by Tom Fletcher to Jennifer Hepker (PPS/ Secretary to the Cabinet) dated 29 May 2009 (and disclosed on 16 November 2016 following an Upper Tribunal ruling).

This memo states;

'The Prime Minister was grateful for the Cabinet Secretary's advice of 28 May on the Iraq Inquiry.

The Prime Minister agrees with the recommendations on timing of the announcement; length of the Inquiry; format and Terms of Reference. He would be grateful if plans could proceed on the basis laid out by the Cabinet Secretary...'

On 10 June 2009, former Cabinet Secretary (Lord) Gus O'Donnell sent a memo to Sir Peter Ricketts, Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB and Minouche Shafik reiterating this Prime Ministerial agreement.

My request particularly enquires whether Gordon Brown's agreement with the content of the Cabinet Secretary's advice fully covered 'Annex A- Draft Terms of Reference' for the Iraq Inquiry as sent in a memo to the Prime Minister by Gus O'Donnell on 28 May 2009?

Yours faithfully,

christopher lamb

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

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Dear CHRISTOPHER LAMB

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received
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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

Your response to this request is now due.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

Thank you for your response of 05 April.
I seek an internal review.
The reference to 'Annex A- Draft Terms of Reference' appended to the memo sent from Cabinet Secretary, Gus O'Donnell, to Gordon Brown was less concerned with paragraph 2 than paragraph 5. I am assuming that as this paragraph is inserted under 'Draft Terms of Reference', its substance is intended as part of the Inquiry's terms of reference. In any case, if the (former) Cabinet Secretary did not consider and advise the (former) Prime Minister that the Iraq Inquiry should be bound by this 'primary objective', he would not have included it within the 'Draft Terms of Reference'.
My purpose in submitting this request is to seek disclosure of all information bearing upon Gordon Brown's response to, and agreement with, paragraph 5 of 'Annex A- Draft Terms of Reference'.
With this in mind, I also seek, as within the scope of my request, disclosure of information relating to plans (for setting up the Inquiry) 'proceed(ing) on the basis laid out by the Cabinet Secretary' (paragraph 2 of the letter sent by Tom Fletcher to Jennifer Hepker, dated 29 May 2009).

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  IR324324

Dear CHRISTOPHER LAMB

Thank you for your request for an internal review. Your request was
received on 7/4/2017 and is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely,

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christopher lamb

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

The statutory time period has now elapsed for a response. I would be grateful for a prompt reply.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

christopher lamb

Dear FOI Team Mailbox,

I sent a prompt to you on 11 May. You received my request for an internal review on 07 April.

I ask that you explain and justify the delay in your response to my request in terms of two components of the civil service competency framework: managing a quality service and delivery at pace.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

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Please find attached the reply to your IR request

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Team

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London, SW1A 2AS

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