Cabinet papers prepared but not circulated in the run up to the Iraq Invasion

christopher lamb made this Freedom of Information request to Cabinet Office

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christopher lamb

Dear Cabinet Office,

The former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Butler, argued in an FCO Historians' seminar ('Decision Making in Foreign Policy; Six Moments of Crisis, February 2013- transcript published by the FCO and Oxford University Press)- that the Cabinet was deliberately not kept as well informed as the Prime Minister, Tony Blair; the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw and Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon about the issues involved in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

'A lot of very good official papers were prepared. None of these were ever circulated to the Cabinet, just as the Attorney General's advice was not circulated to the Cabinet. So the Cabinet was not kept as well informed as the three leading protagonists, the Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary and the Foreign Secretary. I think that this was deliberate and it was a weakness of the machinery that underlay that particular decision'.

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request a full list of the titles and any/ all brief executive summaries of the papers prepared for Cabinet and not circulated over its last six meetings before the decision to invade Iraq and disclosure of the officers responsible for selecting the papers which went to these Cabinet meetings. If identity by name is not possible I request the positions and Civil Service grades they held. I also ask for all information held about Ministers involved in the selection of official papers going to these Cabinet meetings and any criteria used for selection of papers

Yours faithfully,

christopher lamb

FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

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CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  FOI319614

Dear Christopher Lamb

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received
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christopher lamb

Dear FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

Thank you for your reply. To bring this into the cost limits you specify I would refine this request to refer to papers not circulated to Cabinet on the question of Iraq and military force for only the Cabinet meetings of 13 and 17 March 2003.

I would be grateful if you could convey this request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

christopher lamb

Dear FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

Please refer to my earlier message refining this request to refer only to the Cabinet meetings of 13 and 17 March 2003.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

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CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  FOI319763

Dear CHRISTOPHER LAMB

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received
on 25/6/2014 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

This email is just a short acknowledgement of your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the FOI team.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
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Yours sincerely,

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Cabinet Office

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FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

Dear Mr Lamb

Cabinet Office FOI team have accepted your request and have sent you an acknowledgement of such.
However, we are unable to make a request on an applicant's behalf to another department, as requests must come directly from the person seeking information.
So you will need to direct your request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Cabinet Office FOI Team
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christopher lamb

Dear FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

Thank you for the above reply but I would still like a response to the refined request from yourselves. Depending on this response- or in addition to it- I may send a similar request to the FCO.

Yours sincerely,

christopher lamb

FOI Team - Cabinet Office,

Dear Mr Lamb

Your refined request is currently being responded to on behalf of CO. Apologies for any confusion, we were merely pointing out that in addition to that we cannot forward to your request to another department. We hope to have our reply to you shortly.

Regards

Cabinet Office FOI Team
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London
SW1A 2HQ

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Please find attached the reply to your recent FOI request

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Team

1 Horse Guards Road

London

SW1A 2HQ

 

Email – [1][Cabinet Office request email]

 

 

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