London, SW1A 2AS
(By email only
Dear Bartholomeus Lakeman
Cabinet Office Internal Review Reference: IR2020/08461
(Original Case Reference: FOI2020/06375)
REVIEW OF REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
Thank you for your email of 22 June 2020. You asked for an internal review of our
response to your request for information of 21 May 2020. In your request you asked for
information on Covid-19.
I have careful y reviewed the handling of your request and I consider that our original
response was incorrect. The Cabinet Office held relevant material, which lies in the
public domain, at the time of your request. I am therefore applying Section 21 of the
Freedom of Information Act, and you can find links to the relevant materials provided.
For further materials or information, you may wish to contact Public Health England
I have considered the points you make about independent scientists, and it should be
noted that Government policy is not informed by individuals, but by the Scientific
Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). SAGE is responsible for ensuring that timely,
coordinated scientific advice is available to support decision making at Cabinet Office
Briefing Room (COBR) meetings.
If you are unhappy with the handling of your request for information you, have the right
to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Eirian Walsh Atkins