Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH
05 May 2015
Dear Mr Donnelly, Your Freedom Of Information Request: 0117-15
Further to your request for information, we notified you on 2 April that when a qualified
exemption applies to the information requested and the public interest test is engaged, the
Freedom of Information Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working days,
with a full response being provided within such time as is reasonable in all circumstances of
the case. We do, of course, aim to make all decisions within 20 working days, including in
cases where we need to consider where the public interest lies in respect of a request for
exempt information. In this case, however, we are still considering where the balance of the
public interest lies.
We estimate that it will take an additional
20 days to take a decision. Therefore, we plan to
let you have a response by 3 June. If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a
conclusion, we will keep you informed.
The specific exemption which applies in relation to your request is section 42 – legal
If you are unhappy with the service you are receiving and wish to make a complaint, please
write to the FOI and DPA Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Room K4.14, King
Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have 40 working
days to do so from the date of this letter.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may then apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot
make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the FCO.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Please contact me if you have any queries about this letter.
We keep and use information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. We may release this personal information to other UK
government departments and public authorities.