communications with the Royal Family

John Cross made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Ministry of Justice.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act").

Please can you provide me with copies of all "communications with Her Majesty, other members of the Royal Family or the Royal Household" held which took place on or after 1 January 2008.

If you require clarification of my meaning the terms in the above request mean the same as in the Act. Please include any communications from legal representatives of the above persons.

I am aware of the Section 37 exemption contained in the Act but I am also aware that the exemption is not absolute and that its use is subject to a public interest test.

I would expect a list of dates for any correspondence not disclosed.

I am particularly interested in any representations Her Majesty, other members of the Royal Family or the Royal Household might have made in respect of Freedom of Information.

I would remind you that there is a massive public interest in any representations made by an unelected monarchy to a department responsible for justice.

Yours faithfully,

John Cross

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached your Freedom of Information request.

Yours sincerely

Katie Dimon

Data Access and Compliance Unit

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached your acknowledgement to your Freedom of Information
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Yours sincerely

Katie Dimon

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Austen, Lydia, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached the response to your recent Freedom of information
request.

Kind regards,

Lydia Austen

Diary Manager to Maria Eagle MP

Ministry of Justice

T- 020 3334 3713 F- 020 3334 3717

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Dear Lydia,

Thank you for your email. I have decided to restrict my request to correspondence in the calendar year 2009.

I will also restrict my request to correspondence to/from the Queen and the Prince of Wales (and their representatives).

As you know your department has a legal duty to assist me with making my request and in that context I would be grateful if you provide any information about how Royal Correspondence is filed, organised and indexed for example if lists, tables or databases can be used to help me make my request.

Yours sincerely,

John Cross

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached your acknowledgement to your Freedom of Information
request.

Yours sincerely

Hannah Law

(Sent on behalf of Paul Brigland and Harshila Dodia)

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Austen, Lydia, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information
request.

Kind regards,

Lydia Austen

Diary Manager to Maria Eagle MP

Ministry of Justice

T- 020 3334 3713 F- 020 3334 3717

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Dear Lydia,

I am writing to request assistance in relation to my Freedom of Information Act request. Under section 16 of the Act public authorities have a duty to provide assistance:

"It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information to it."

(1) Please can you tell me how many weeks' (or days') worth of correspondence I would be able to get within the cost limit.

(2) Please can you tell me how Royal correspondence is filed an how it is indexed.

(3) Please can you advise me as to what tables, lists, databases or similar exist that are relevant to my request.

Yours sincerely,

John Cross

Williams, Rhian, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr. Cross,

Please find attached a response to your recent correspondence.

Regards,

Rhian Williams

Data Access and Compliance Unit|102 Petty France|

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Dear Rhian Williams,

I am narrowing my request to:

Any representations made by Her Majesty, other members of the Royal Family or the Royal Household might have made in respect of UK Freedom of Information law or policy during the calendar years 2008 and 2009.

In addition I am considering making a second request Please let me know how many weeks worth of Royal Correspondence (starting from 14 August 2009 working backwards) I can request without exceeding the cost limit.

regards,

John

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached your acknowledgement to your Freedom of Information
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Yours sincerely

Hannah Law

(sent on behalf of Rhian Williams)

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102 Petty France

London SW1H 9AJ

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Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

I never thought I would have to write this but it appears the Ministry of Justice has broken the law.

By law, the Ministry's response had to be prompt and in any case no later than 14 September 2009. Please respond in full ASAP.

This is a request for an internal review.
Yours sincerely,

John Cross

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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To Mr. Cross,

Please find attached a response to your recent request for information.

Regards,

Rhian Williams

Data Access and Compliance Unit|102 Petty France|

020 3334 5336

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Justice's handling of my FOI request 'communications with the Royal Family'. Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

I believe disclosure is in the public interest therefore I do not accept the outcome of the public interest test. I felt the test failed to take account of the overwhelming public interest in ensuring that everyone is equal before the law.

Yours faithfully,

John Cross

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Cross,

Please find attached your acknowledgement to your request for an
Internal Review.

Yours Sincerely,

George Lohse

Data access and Compliance Unit

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Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

Please could you set out a timetable for responding to my request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

John Cross

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

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Davies, Roger, Ministry of Justice

Mr Cross,

I apologise for the delay in replying to your request for an Internal
Review into your Freedom of Information Act request.
The review is still ongoing but I hope that I will soon be able to
respond to your request.

Your sincerely

Roger Davies
Internal Review Team
Data Access and Compliance Unit
Ministry of Justice
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0203 334 5493

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Davies, Roger, Ministry of Justice

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Mr Cross,

Please find attached the response to the Internal Review that you
requested regarding your freedom of Information Act request.

Yours sincerely

Roger Davies
Internal Review Team
Data Access and Compliance Unit
Ministry of Justice
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0203 334 5493

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Ben Harris left an annotation ()

This request is the subject of ICO's decision notice FS50285971:

"The Commissioner’s decision is that the exemption in section 37(1)(a) is engaged and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that in disclosure. ... The public authority’s handling of the request also resulted in a breach of a procedural requirement of the Act as identified in this Notice."

http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/...

N. Roberts left an annotation ()

What an utter disgrace!