To what extent are the Queen and Prince Charles subject to the law?

Chand Bakshi made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Attorney General's Office

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Attorney General's Office.

Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to know to what extent the Queen, Prince Charles and any other members of the Royal Family are subject to the law?

1) Are they able to be prosecuted for all crimes that a regular citizen of the country are?

2) For what crimes are they exempt from prosecution?
(please provide a list if there are any.)

3) Can they be called as witnesses in a court of law?

4) Can they be sued?

5) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever had meetings or discussions on the extent to which they are subject to the law? For example during the Burrell affair?
(if they have please provide copies of any notes, memos, emails or minutes from such meetings.)

6) Does the Attorney Generals Office have any internal guidelines, handbooks, policies on this subject?
(if so please provide copies.)

Yours faithfully,

Chand Bakshi

James Ross, Attorney General's Office

Thank you for your email to the Attorney Generals Office making a
request under the Freedom of Information Act.

You have requested:

"1) Are they able to be prosecuted for all crimes that a regular
citizen of the country are?

2) For what crimes are they exempt from prosecution? (please
provide a list if there are any.)

3) Can they be called as witnesses in a court of law?

4) Can they be sued?

5) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever had meetings or
discussions on the extent to which they are subject to the law? For
example during the Burrell affair? (if they have please provide
copies of any notes, memos, emails or minutes from such meetings.)

6) Does the Attorney Generals Office have any internal guidelines,
handbooks, policies on this subject? (if so please provide
copies.)"

I will contact you again once your request has been considered. I am
aiming to send you a response to you by 11 June i.e. twenty working days
from the day after we received your request. If possible, I will of
course reply sooner.

Yours sincerely

James Ross
Freedom of Information Officer

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James Ross, Attorney General's Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Chand Bakshi

Please find attached a letter in regards to your Freedom of Information
request.

Regards

James Ross
Freedom of Information Officer

<<FOI Request - Chand Bakshi.pdf>>

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Dear James Ross,

thank you for your reply to my Freedom Of Information Request (Your Ref: FOI/35/09.)
I am somewhat confused as to why you are applying the Public Interest Test in Relations to Exemption 37 Communications with Her Majesty, etc. and honours
(1) Information is exempt information if it relates to—
communications with Her Majesty, with other members of the Royal Family or with the Royal Household,

I do not believe the exemption applies to any of the 6 questions in my requests and the exemption certainly does not apply to questions 1 to 4.

I therefore ask that you treat the questions in the request 1 to 4, as a separate request and answer them, as the exemption 37 clearly cannot apply here.

1) Are they able to be prosecuted for all crimes that a regular
citizen of the country are?

2) For what crimes are they exempt from prosecution? (Please
provide a list if there are any.)

3) Can they be called as witnesses in a court of law?

4) Can they be sued?

With regards questions 5 and 6 I believe you have erred in attempting to apply Exemption 37 Communications with Her Majesty, etc. and honours
(1) Information is exempt information if it relates to—
communications with Her Majesty, with other members of the Royal Family or with the Royal Household,

The exemption states that communications with the Royal Family and Household are exempt, not all matters relating to them. My request was for the minutes to meetings, internal guidelines and memos relating to the extent the Queen and Prince Charles subject to the law, not actual communications with the Royal Family and Household.
Even if these documents contained references to communications with the Royal Family and Household I’m sure that if necessary those parts could be redacted still leaving enough information to answer the request.
I therefore ask that you consider this point when applying the Public Interest Test in Relations to Exemption 37 to my request.

I would also like to take this opportunity point out, that just because an exemption might apply in certain cases, that does not mean it has to be applied.
The whole point of the freedom of information act was to allow the electorate to have more information to allow them to make government more accountable. There can be no more fundamental question of accountability than are we all equal under the law, or are some more equal than others.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Chand Bakshi

James Ross, Attorney General's Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Chand Bakshi

Please see attached letter in regards to your email of 11 June 2009.

Regards

James Ross
Correspondence Unit

<<Chand Bakshi reply.pdf>>

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Dear James Ross,

Thank you for your reply, however I fear you have misinterpreted the nature of my request. I was not asking for legal advice, for I obviously have no need for any.
The nature of the questions in my request

1) Are they able to be prosecuted for all crimes that a regular
citizen of the country are?

2) For what crimes are they exempt from prosecution? (Please
provide a list if there are any.)

3) Can they be called as witnesses in a court of law?

4) Can they be sued?

were merely worded so you could fully answer the basic question, I therefore clarify the request and now ask simply,

1) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever come to the conclusion that the Queen,
Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from any law?
Does the Attorney Generals Office possess any documents stating the Queen,
Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from any law?
If so please provide a list of any laws the Queen, Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from and copies of any documents.

Please treat this as clarification of the previous request, or if need be as a new request.
If you are not able to answer this I request an internal review of the Attorney General's Office's handling of my FOI request 'To what extent are the Queen and Prince Charles subject to the law?’ (Specifically questions 1 to 4, now clarified as

1) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever come to the conclusion that the Queen,
Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from any law?
Does the Attorney Generals Office possess any documents stating the Queen,
Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from any law?
If so please provide a list of any laws the Queen, Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from and copies of any documents.

Questions 5 and 6 are undergoing a separate Public Interest Test in Relations to Exemption 37 and I reserve the right to request a separate Internal Review in the unlikely event Questions 5 and 6 are rejected)

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/to...

Yours sincerely,

Chand Bakshi

James Ross, Attorney General's Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Chand Bakshi

Please find attached letter in regards to your email of 11 June.

Regards

James Ross
Freedom of Information Officer

<<FOI Request - Chand Bakshi.pdf>>

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Gadawodd Chand Bakshi anodiad ()

Part of the request is being subjected to a 'public interest' test and some of the rejected questions have been reworded and are being treated as a new request.

James Ross, Attorney General's Office

2 Atodiad

Dear Chand Bakshi

Please find attached copies of your FOI requests.

Regards

James Ross
Freedom of Information Officer

<<FOI Request - Chand Bakshi 2.pdf>> <<FOI Request - Chand Bakshi
1.pdf>>

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Attorney General's Office's handling of my FOI request 'To what extent are the Queen and Prince Charles subject to the law?'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/to...

My request applies mainly to the questions
5) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever had meetings or discussions on the extent to which they are subject to the law?

and

6) Does the Attorney Generals Office have any internal guidelines,handbooks, policies on this subject?

but by association also to question

1) Has the Attorney Generals Office ever come to the conclusion that the Queen, Prince Charles or any other members of the Royal Family are exempt from any law?

Yours faithfully,

Chand Bakshi

Lorraine Clarke, Attorney General's Office

1 Atodiad

Please see attached response to your request. <<20 07 09 CBakshi.pdf>>

Regards,

Lorraine Clarke
PA to Jonathan Jones & Lorraine Rogerson
Attorney General's Office
20 Victoria Street
London SW1 0NF
[email address]

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Gadawodd Cupbaker anodiad ()

Interesting. I came across this whilst researching the reason the queen doesn't need to have a registration plate attached to her motor-CARriages. I appreciate what you were trying to achieve with the questions, however the approach was wrong. You have to specifically request information you know exists...otherwise they can fob you off and say it is 'advice you seek', which they don't cover. Ask - what you know...so - we know the queen drives (cheers paparazzi) - ask for a copy of her driving licence. If she hasn't got one, we can deliberate as to why? Is she exempt? Ask for DVLA VC5 forms for the 'vehicles' owned by buckingham palace - then you can start piecing together what is 'privately' owned and what is 'publicly' owned.

Gadawodd Amanda-Jane anodiad ()

The Queen is not exempt from anything, she is bound by her oath to the people and has committed so many acts of treason she should be locked up for breach of oath, as well as satanism, paedophilia theft war mongering, MURDER KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY, the royalty should not be a profit making business as stated in the journals of the house of commons vol 40 page 663 NOT FOR PROFIT add fraud and deception to that list also....why is this deceptive family still free , TREASON IS A HANGABLE OFFENSE!!!!!!!