Legal advice 2021

Stephen Delahunty made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Stephen Delahunty

Dear Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office,

In a written question below, the department was asked if it had sought any legal advice in regards to lowering the target for development assistance from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent prior to 26 November 2020.

https://twitter.com/PreetKGillMP/status/...

Can the department confirm if it has sought any legal advice, and provide a copy of any advice it received in any format?

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Delahunty

Information Rights (Sensitive), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Information Rights Unit,

Dear Mr Delahunty

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We received your request on 15th March. It has been assigned a unique
reference number (above). We aim to respond by Wednesday, 14th April.

Please note, however, that reprioritisation of resources due to the
COVID-19 crisis, and measures we are required to take to prevent the
spread of the virus, continue to have an impact on our ability to respond
to all requests within the statutory deadline.

We have significantly reduced on-site working which will mean delays to
responses which require access to paper records.

We are endeavouring to process requests as quickly as possible, and
appreciate your patience at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Delahunty

Please find attached an interim response to your request, FOI2021/06809,
with a new date that has been changed to 13th May.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Information Rights Unit,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Delahunty,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request
FOI2021/06809, received 15th March. Please find our response attached.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Unit

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office