Mae hwn yn fersiwn HTML o atodiad i'r cais Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 'Ministerial Meetings with Organisations'.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx 
Correspondence Unit 
www.gov.uk 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
 
 
 
Roger Boaden 
Via: ​xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Our ref: DEX0008559 
 
13 December 2017 
 
Dear Roger Boaden​, 
 
I refer to your request, where you asked for: 
 
 
Please provide details and dates of all meetings held by DExEU Ministers from 1 January 
2017 until the date of the reply to this request, which each or all Ministers held with the 
following: 
 
1.      British in Europe, the Coalition of 10 organisations which have a signed-up 
membership of some 35,000 British Citizens across all EU Member States. 
 
2.      The 3 Million, an organisation which represents the 3 million EU Citizens working 
and living in the UK, and which has more than 30,000 Forum members. 
 
3.      The Officers and officials of the European Research Group. 
 
4.    The Officers and officials of the Legatum Institute. 
 
5.      The Officers and officials of the Constitutional Research Council. 
 
 
The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) is committed to transparency 
and regularly publishes information relating to Ministerial meetings in our quarterly 
transparency data. I have included a link below to our transparency data and relevant 
information can be found up until June 2017:  
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D=department-for-exitin
g-the-european-union&publication type=transparency-data  
 
Information relating to Ministerial meetings with the organisations listed in your request 
since June is being withheld as exempt from disclosure under s.22 of the Freedom of 
Information Act 2000 (FoIA).  
 
Section 22 of FoIA exempts information from disclosure if it is intended for publication at 
some future date, whether the date is set or not. Section 22 is a qualified exemption and I 
 

 
have considered whether the public interest favours releasing or withholding this 
information.  
 
There is a public interest in transparency being demonstrated by releasing information to 
the public as transparency increases public trust and engagement with government. 
However, transparency is also achieved by DExEU regularly publishing information 
regarding Ministerial meetings on DExEU’s website. Whilst there is a public interest in 
government providing information they hold that falls within the scope of an FOI request 
as quickly as possible, this needs to be balanced with the strong public interest in 
government ensuring maximum cost effectiveness. Providing the information you have 
requested in response to an FOI request is not the most cost effective way of placing this 
information in the public domain especially when it will be published in due course on 
DExEU’s website, as is standard Government practice.   
 
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact the FOI team. Please remember 
to quote the reference number above in any future communications. 
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request or wish 
to request an internal review, you should write to ​xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx​ or: 
Freedom of Information Team (internal review) 
Department for Exiting the European Union 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
You should note that DExEU will not normally accept an application for internal review if it 
is received more than two months after the date that the reply was issued. 
If you are not content with the outcome of your internal review, you may apply directly to 
the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner cannot make 
a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by DExEU. The 
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
The Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.