Dear Ministry of Justice,

Following your response on behalf of the Government to the petition "To introduce a law that recognizes (sic) Parental Alienation as a criminal offence" closed on 16th February 2017
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions...

1. Please confirm if Parental Alienation Syndrome or Parental Alienation is regarded by your organisation as a crime.

2. Please confirm whether the Police forces of the United Kingdom have the power of arrest for incidents of reported Parental Alienation

3. Please confirm which division of the United Kingdom court system would handle proceedings for Parental Alienation

4. Please confirm what training you currently provide to your department's staff on Parental Alienation

Yours faithfully,

G. Harrison

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am hopeful that you will respond to my request within the timescales for FOI requests.

I'd be grateful if you could take the time to reply.

Yours faithfully,

G. Harrison

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am disappointed to see that you have not replied within the timescales allowed.

By law you should have replied promptly and certainly by yesterday the 26th May 2017. I would ask you to take the time to reply within the next 7-10 working days or I will have no option but to take this matter further.

Yours faithfully,

G. Harrison

EMAIL SENT TO: [email address]
DATE: 27th May 2017
Email address obtained at the MoJ FOI contact details section at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Dear Sirs

I would draw your attention to the large numbers of FOI requests that are going unanswered by your organisation at the following WhatDoTheyKnow website:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/moj

Many of these requests to your organisation should, by law, have been responded to by you but have not.

I look forward to seeing you respond to these requests shortly.

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Justice's handling of my FOI request 'Parental Alienation'.

I have not had a response from you within the time limits allowed by law.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

G. Harrison

Central Correspondence Team, Ministry of Justice

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G Harrison

Email: [FOI #403896 email]

 
                           9 August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Dear G Harrison,

 

Thank you for your e-mail. I am writing to advise you that your enquiry
does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and
will be treated by the department as Official Correspondence.

 

It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and
organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information
held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as
the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order
for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be
for recorded information. For example, a FOI request would be for a copy
of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in
place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded
information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy,
opinion or a decision.

 

The Government does not believe that there is a need to legislate to
criminalise parents who alienate their children against the other parent
as the court already has the power to take effective action against such
behaviour where alleged or established.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Ian Byfield

Ministry of Justice

 

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MoJ response to a FOI request for information on Parental Alienation:

"The Government does not believe that there is a need to legislate to criminalise parents who alienate their children against the other parent as the court already has the power to take effective action against such behaviour where alleged or established."

So their usual standard answer.

It is interesting that they have no responded to any of the actual questions, and that it took an internal review to get any response whatsoever from them.

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