Dear House of Lords,
Earl Howe and his entourage accompanied 53 Korean veterans, their carers and families to a commemoration in Korea.
1. Who selected the veterans?
2. From which of the three services?
3. Were all surviving Korean veterans advised of the visit?
4. How many Korean veterans survive? As of this day.
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Dear Mr. Young,
I am writing in response to your request (copied below) to the House of Lords.
The House of Lords does not hold recorded information relevant to you request. This is because this visit was not undertaken on behalf of the House e.g. as part of a visit by a House of Lords' committee and, consequently, the House Administration did not have any involvement in planning or organising the visit. The House Administration does not hold recorded information relating to visits individual Members of the House make on their own behalf or on behalf of other organisations.
As the Member concerned is a Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence I would normally have suggested that you contact the government department as it may have arranged the visit. However, I note from the whatdotheyknow website that you have already done so and have been informed that the visit programme was run by the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA).
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Dear HL FOI & Information Compliance,
Please refer for Internal Review
Dear Mr. Young,
I am writing in response to your request for an internal review, as copied below.
Further to the response and advice already provided, the House of Lords Overseas Office has been contacted and they have confirmed they have had no involvement with the visit you have mentioned and we therefore do not hold any information relevant to the organisation of this visit.
I note that one aspect of your request, not linked directly to the visit organised by the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, was originally unanswered.
You had asked "How many Korean veterans survive? As of this day". The House of Lords does not hold this information.
The Freedom of Information Act provides a right of access to recorded information held by a public authority. It does not require a public authority to obtain information it does not already hold. I regret that we are unable to assist you any further, but hope the information provided above is helpful.
Information Compliance Manager
House of Lords