Crime, Policing and Fire Group Tel: 020 7035 4848
2 Marsham Street
Fax: 020 7035 4745
Cathy Fox email@example.com
21 December 2016
Dear Ms Fox,
I am writing further to my letter of 10 October, about your request for information relating to
the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Your request has been handled as a
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Your request was as follows:
1. Please could you send me the appointment letter of Prof Alexis Jay to chair of the
2. Any other letters or evidence of other communications sent from the Home Office to
Prof Jay and vice versa since 1 July 2016.
3. Could you also send me a copy of the critique of the Inquiry by Goddard and when
the Home Office received a copy.
4. Could you also send me copy of letters or evidence of any other communications
between Goddard and the Home Office since her resignation. This counts Home
Secretary as part of the Home Office.
In response to part 1 of your request, I am able to disclose the information that you have
request. This can be found at the attached annex.
In response to parts 2, 3 and 4 of your request, I can confirm that the Home Office holds
some information. However, after careful consideration we have decided that the
information is exempt from disclosure under the following sections of the FOI Act:
section 36(2)(b)(ii), because disclosure would or would be likely to inhibit the free
and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation, and the public interest
falls in favour of maintaining the exemption; and,
section 36(2)(c), because disclosure would or would be likely to otherwise prejudice
the effective conduct of public affairs, and the public interest falls in favour of
maintaining the exemption.
These are qualified exemptions, which require us to take into account the balance of the
public interest in withholding or disclosing the information. We fully recognise that there is
a general public interest in transparency and openness and in the setting up of the Inquiry.
We believe, however, that placing such e-mails in the public domain would result in a high
risk that future discussions would be inhibited and that future candidates may also be
deterred from applying for high profile positions of this nature, thereby inhibiting free and
frank discussion and prejudicing the effective conduct of public affairs. We have concluded
that the balance of the public interest lies in maintaining the exemptions and not disclosing
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review
of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to the address
below, quoting reference 40909. If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if you
could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.
Information Rights Team
Third Floor, Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request will be
reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you
remain dissatisfied after this internal review, you would have a right of complaint to the
Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Yours sincerely Safeguarding Unit