Freedom of Information Team
9 Downing Street
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
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:
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
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.
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is received more than two months after the date that the reply was issued.
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a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by DExEU. The
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Yours sincerely, Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.