OBR Forecasts for the Recent Statement by Kwasi Kwarteng

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Dear HM Treasury,

I would like to see the OBR reports on the impact of the statement of 23 September 2022. It is vital to the democracy of the country that we as citizens are allowed to see the impact of fiscal policies introduced by the government, so hiding these documents from inspection is immoral at best.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Rex-Hawkes
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson - Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

FOI Requests, HM Treasury

Our ref: FOI2022/19547

Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes,

Thank you for your request for information which we are considering under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This is to confirm receipt of your request and to let you know that it is
receiving attention. If you have any enquiries regarding your request do
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Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ [1]www.gov.uk/hm-treasury

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Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes

Please find attached a response to your recent FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ [1]www.gov.uk/hm-treasury

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Dear Team

Many thanks for acknowledging that this information is currently held. I must reiterate my request and need to argue the following:

- Your claim that this falls under s35(1)(a) as an exemption is wholly without merit. s35(2)(a) indicates that any statistical information used to make a decision cannot be held back as information pursuant to the formulation or development of government policy once that decision has been announced.
- As the statement was made on 23 September 2022, the decisions based on this information were finalised.
- Consequently, this information is no longer exempt under s35(1)(a).
- The fact that the then-government and the new government have reneged on almost all aspects of the statement made on 23 September 2022 does not change the fact that as of that date the matter was considered closed, and therefore projections are no longer part of the formulation of future policy.
- I do not agree at all with the claim that this information request prejudices the UK's economic or financial interests. Indeed, the analysis is now largely irrelevant, as almost all measures have been undone, so the interest that I have if largely one of accountability, i.e. whether ministers were warned about what they planned to announce and chose to proceed regardless.

If it is necessary to do so, please escalate this request to the complaints department.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Rex-Hawkes

FOI Requests, HM Treasury

Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes,

Thank you for your email regarding your request for an internal review.

I can confirm that your review request was received on 4th November and is
receiving attention under our reference IR2022/22352.

There is no statutory deadline for responding to internal review requests.

However, in line with the Information Commissioner's guidelines and the
[1]2018 FOI Code of Practice, we aim to complete  internal reviews within
20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ  
[2]www.gov.uk/hm-treasury

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Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes

Please find attached a response to your recent IR request.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your email. For the avoidance of doubt, could you please clarify that at the date of the mini-Budget there were NO forecasts linked to the announcements?

Yours sincerely,

Ian Rex-Hawkes

FOI Requests, HM Treasury

Our ref: FOI2022/23751

Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes,

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receiving attention. If you have any enquiries regarding your request do
not hesitate to contact us.

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make Freedom of Information requests: [email address]

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ [1]www.gov.uk/hm-treasury

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Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes

Please find attached a response to your recent FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ [1]www.gov.uk/hm-treasury

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Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes

Please find attached further correspondance relating to your FOI Request
and ICO case.

Yours sincerely

 

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Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A
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Dear FOI Requests - HMT,

I note your response, however it is abundantly clear that this is not an issue where confidentiality is in the public interest. I have asked for the economic forecasts that were associated with policy that was implemented, however briefly, therefore it is clearly not any longer a confidential matter. You have indicated that some such data does in fact exist, but that for confidentiality reasons you are unwilling to release it. To me this is unacceptable, as the whole purpose of this enquiry was to determine whether the then Chancellor made decisions on the Budget without or in spite of projections, and what those projections actually showed.

Would you please escalate this further up the complaints process.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Rex-Hawkes

FOI Requests - HMT, HM Treasury

Dear Ian Rex-Hawkes,

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm that we have been contacted by the Information
Commissioner's Office with regard to your complaint.

Regards

Information Rights Unit | Correspondence and Information Rights | HM
Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ  
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Gary Tinker left an annotation ()

HMT and HMRC are making lots of use of section 35 , but as time passes both the ICO and eventually the judiciary in the First Tier Tribunal force them to release the information
We have a bunch of civil servants that believe they are above the law even more than our elected MPs