Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Can I please ask under Freedom of Information the following:

1. How many direct line telephone phone numbers does Minister Gove have or use on a regular basis (please include all direct landlines, government paid for mobiles etc.). If he regularly speaks on a colleague's phone, then I would consider this a direct line.
2. On these between and including the 10 and the 15 July 2017 on these phone numbers did the minister make or recieve any phone calls from journalists?
3. Can the number of phone calls recieved/made be listed, please. Can you also note how many of these calls were from the Sun, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail?

Given the questions relating to Mr Gove spoeaking to the press is a matter of public debate, I would like you to pursue this inquiry with as much speed as possible, and please note that it is a legal right to ensure that Freedom Of Information Requests are dealt with within 20 working days, which I am sure you know.

Please note:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4031520/ca...

Yours faithfully,

Iain Overton

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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