BEIS monitoring of POL’s Horizon High Court Litigation

Eleanor Shaikh made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

i) Please can you confirm if/when the financial/reputational/ strategic risks posed by POL’s Horizon High Court Litigation were escalated to the Executive Committee chaired by the BEIS Accounting Officer, Alex Chisholm?

ii) Please can you confirm if/when the risk of Post Office’s Horizon High Court Litigation were escalated to the BEIS Board? Is the current status of Post Office Limited currently regarded as High Risk by the BEIS Board with regard to its Historical Shortfall Scheme, investigations into over 900 previous prosecutions related to potentially flawed Horizon evidence and active litigation at the Appeals Court?

iii) When was the BEIS Advisory Legal Team (or Government Legal Department when the BEIS Advisory Legal Team was transferred) first consulted with regard to the POL Horizon High Court Litigation? Does the Government Legal Department currently have active involvement in Post Office’s activities regarding the Horizon Litigation?

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2020/28532

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