Ministerial commitments in relation to public law and immigration

Mr D Edwards made this Freedom of Information request to Legal Aid Agency

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Dear Legal Aid Agency,

In response to a previous FOIA request a document was disclosed which was described as an Out of Committee ET paper: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1....

That document refers to the LSC (as it then was) having given a "commitment to Ministers to ensure that we maintain robust controls over the exercise of these powers": from the context, 'these powers' would appear to mean delegated functions in the areas of public law and immigration. Later in the document it is said to be "a ministerial priority that we [that is, the LSC / LAA] maintain control over decision making in immigration".

My request is for a copy of any document or other record which relates either to commitments given by the LSC / LAA to Ministers in relation to the exercise of delegated functions in the areas of public law & immigration; or any document or other record (including internal correspondence) from the Ministry of Justice to the LSC / LAA identifying ministerial priorities for the LSC / LAA. In essence, what I am requesting is any document which contains information relating to the 'commitment' and 'priority' which are mentioned in the paper linked to above.

If it is necessary to place a time limit on this request to limit the costs of processing it, I would be happy to receive records dated only within the last two years.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Edwards

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Information Governance (LAA),

Dear Mr Edwards,

 

Thank you for your email of 30^th September 2013, in which you asked for
the following information from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) an Executive
Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

 

"My request is for a copy of any document or other record which relates
either to commitments given by the LSC / LAA to Ministers in relation to
the exercise of delegated functions in the areas of public law &
immigration; or any document or other record (including internal
correspondence) from the Ministry of Justice to the LSC / LAA identifying
ministerial priorities for the LSC / LAA. In essence, what I am requesting
is any document which contains information relating to the 'commitment'
and 'priority' which are mentioned in the paper linked to above.

If it is necessary to place a time limit on this request to limit the
costs of processing it, I would be happy to receive records dated only
within the last two years?"

 

Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

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within 20 working days. We will write to you in response to your request
for information by 28^th October 2013.

 

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Kind regards,

 

Catherine Bond

 

Governance Team | Legal Aid Agency
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From: Bond, Catherine (LAA) On Behalf Of Information Governance (LAA)
Sent: 01 October 2013 11:19
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Subject: FOI 85759

 

Dear Mr Edwards,

 

Thank you for your email of 30^th September 2013, in which you asked for
the following information from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) an Executive
Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

 

"My request is for a copy of any document or other record which relates
either to commitments given by the LSC / LAA to Ministers in relation to
the exercise of delegated functions in the areas of public law &
immigration; or any document or other record (including internal
correspondence) from the Ministry of Justice to the LSC / LAA identifying
ministerial priorities for the LSC / LAA. In essence, what I am requesting
is any document which contains information relating to the 'commitment'
and 'priority' which are mentioned in the paper linked to above.

If it is necessary to place a time limit on this request to limit the
costs of processing it, I would be happy to receive records dated only
within the last two years?"

 

Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Under the Act, the department is required to provide you with a response
within 20 working days. We will write to you in response to your request
for information by 28^th October 2013.

 

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to
releasing information.  Some of these are qualified exemptions which
require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or
withhold the information.  In these circumstances we may need more time to
consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the
date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a
response.     

 

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us quoting the reference number 85759 in all future
correspondence.

 

Kind regards,

 

Catherine Bond

 

Governance Team | Legal Aid Agency
8.42, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ

 

 

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