Process for vetting the social media accounts of potential speakers

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Dear Cabinet Office,

Please share the process used, including any guidance, methodology, approach, method or rules, for the vetting process for potential speakers at government events, as per the rules set in 2022 (and illustrated at https://twitter.com/colinrtalbot/status/...).

Please share the impartial and evidence based way in which judgements are made.

Please identify how many times this process has been undertaken, and which function in government has the responsibility to undertake it, since the rules have been in place. Please identify how many potential speakers, and what proportion of total speakers vetted, have been refused on this basis.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Burden

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2023/05183

Dear Arthur Burden,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 25th
April. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

Just a reminder that you aren't legally obliged to wait until the last minute of the last day of the obligations imposed by the Act to respond - in fact 'promptly' is the prompt. I await your extension of the deadline at 16:59 eagerly.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Burden

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear Arthur Burden,

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request (reference FOI2023/05183).

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Joseph Lloyd left an annotation ()

Great work!