Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
20 April 2020
Dear Emmy Butlin
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request –
Thank you for your request received by MoJ 19 March 2020, in which you asked for the
following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ): “Could you please inform me how many members of parliament attended the 24-
27/02/2020 Extradition Court Hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates Court operating from
inside Woolwich Crown Court for US vs Julian Assange and from which country.’’
Your request has been handled under the FOIA.
The MoJ does not hold any information in the scope of your request.
This is because there is
no legal or business requirement for MoJ to do so. The court allocated 10 tickets each day
for Members of the European Parliament, the court does not hold the information of who
actually attended or if all the ticket allocation was taken on each day.
The FOIA does not oblige a public authority to create information to answer a request if the
requested information is not held. The duty is to only provide the recorded information held.
If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to request an internal review by
responding in writing to one of the addresses below within two months of the date of this
Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice, 10.38, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ
You do have the right to ask the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to investigate any
aspect of your complaint. However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal
complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning their investigation.
Knowledge and Information Liaison Officer
London Regional Support Unit | HM Courts & Tribunals Service