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Dear House of Lords,

I would be very grateful if you could provide me of a transcript of the Magna Carter 1215, the Declaration of Rights 1688 and the Magna Carter Declaration 2000. In addition could you also confirm that Article 61, Chapter 60 of the Magna Carter 1215 was invoked by the committee of barons in 2001 as a response to the ratification of the Nice Treaty.

Yours faithfully,
Ryan Ellison

Andy Smith (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Vexatious request. Obviously.

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Andy Smith I suggest you get a life.

HL FOI & Information Compliance, House of Lords

Dear Mr. Ellison,

I am writing in response to your email (copied below).

As we understand it, you have asked for a transcript of the Magna Carta 1215 and the Bill of Rights 1688. This information is available from a number of official sources including the websites of the British Library, The National Archives and the legislation.gov.uk website (delivered by The National Archives):


In formal Freedom of Information terms, this information is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is reasonably accessible to you by means other than making a Freedom of Information request. As guidance from the Information Commissioner's office explains "the thinking behind the exemption is that if there is another route by which someone can obtain information, there is no need for the Act to provide the means of access."

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a right of access, subject to specified exemptions, to recorded information held by public authorities.

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