Dear Sir or Madam,

My Freedom of Information request relates to the monarch's theoretical power to withhold the Royal Assent to any parliamentary bill that has completed all its stages through the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

a. Does the Cabinet Office or Cabinet Secretary hold any documents relating to HM Government's plans should the monarch withhold his or her assent to a government bill?

b. Does the Cabinet Office or Cabinet Secretary hold any documents relating to HM Government's plans should the monarch withhold his or her assent to any other parliamentary bill?

c. If such documents exist, could the Cabinet Office or Cabinet Secretary please release them into the public domain for debate and consultation.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Whenman

Cabinet Office

CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE: FOI260464

Dear Mr Whenman,

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received on
24/11/2008 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Cabinet Office
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Dear Mr Whenman,

Please find attached to this email a letter regarding your recent Freedom of Information request.

Many thanks

Daniel Hunt
Openness Advisor
Knowledge and Information Management Unit (Openness Team)
Room 3.30, Admiralty Arch, London SW1A 2WH
Tel: 020 7276 2219
e-Mail: [email address]

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Dr K J Hamer left an annotation ()

Ditto to this one - how could it possibly take more than three days to give you information on Government policy to withholding of Royal assent. An internal review should ask them to justify this.

Gavin Whenman left an annotation ()

Rather than an internal review, I've submitted separate requests for each of the last 12 years.

Alex Skene left an annotation ()

Splitting them into 12 different requests may not help you with regards to costs, they can aggregate your separate requests to calculate the total amount. You may have been better off just asking for info from the last 1 or 2 years

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