Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism
2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk
11 August 2011
Dear Ms Asher,
Thank you for your e-mail of 14July, in which you ask for: Access to the entirety of all/any information and documents relating to all
contact between the Home Secretary, Jack Straw and Northumbria Police
concerning the June 1999 Martin McGartland attempted murder
Copies of all correspondence between Jack Straw and Northumbria Police,
including all any contact by his office and/or any other third parties acting on
his behalf concerning the above case.
Copies of all correspondence between Jack Straw, his office and any Member
of Parliament and or Lord(s) concerning above case.
Copies of all information, records relating to all/any telephone contact
between Jack Straw, his office and Northumbria Police concerning above
Full details of any meetings that Jack Straw held, and/or attended concerning
Martin McGartland case, his attempted murder. Please supply all dates and
reasons/s for all/any meetings.
Your request is being handled as a request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.
We are considering your request. Although the Act 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 under qualified exemptions. Section
10(3) of the Act allows us to exceed the 20 working day response target
where reasonably necessary to consider the public interest test fully. This is
subject to telling applicants when we expect to conclude our deliberations and
provide a full response.
We are currently assessing the public interest in saying whether or not we
hold the information. The information requested must be considered under the
exemptions contained within section 24(2). This is a qualified exemption
relating to national security. I am therefore writing to inform you that as a
result of our consideration of the public interest test in this case we are
extending the deadline by a further 20 days. We aim to respond by 9
September 2011. This letter should not be taken as conclusive evidence that
the information you have requested does or does not exist.
If you have any questions about the handling of your information request then
please do not hesitate to contact me.