Public Safety Group
Tel: 020 7035 4848
2 Marsham Street
Fax: 020 7035 4745
6 August 2021
Dear Mr McEvoy Freedom of Information request reference: 65001
Thank you for your e-mail of 7 July, in which you ask for information about Operation
Pelican. Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.
We are considering your request. Although the FOIA carries a presumption in favour of
disclosure, it provides exemptions which may be used to withhold information in specified
circumstances. Some of these exemptions, referred to as ‘qualified’ exemptions, are
subject to a public interest test. This test is used to balance the public interest in
disclosure against the public interest in favour of withholding the information. The FOIA
allows us to exceed the 20 working day response target where we need to consider the
public interest test fully.
Your request is being considered under the exemption in section 24 of the FOIA, which
relates to national security. This is a qualified exemption and to consider the public
interest test fully we need to extend the 20 working day response period. We now aim to
let you have a full response by 6 September.
Central Planning Unit