Source(s) for Michael Gove claims on Trophy Hunting

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I refer to this article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-envir...

It reads in part: "When asked about why the UK had not yet enforced a ban, Mr Gove said he had been advised by conservationists and charities to proceed with caution.

He said they told him: "Don't come in, you know, with your clod-hopping boots from the UK and necessarily tell people in each of these countries exactly how they should regulate their own wildlife."

One charity is mentioned. Under EIR/FOI legislation, please send me any and all correspondence Michael Gove has had on the subject of trophy hunting (loosely defined if necessary as the killing of animals, sometimes endangered ones, with or without state approval, often with the killer retaining part of the animal's body). The search should take in emails, letters, internal memos, phone transcripts, and other forms of communication that can be searched. Search terms may include the following, on their own or in combination: trophy hunt, trophy hunting, poaching, rhino, elephant, lion, tiger, cub, giraffe, horn, pelt, skin, hunt, charity. The correspondence to be looked at should be from 7 May 2019 going back to 30 April 2018.

If you are not clear on any details of what I am after, please ask.

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Suzanne Kelly

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Suzanne Kelly,

Thank you for your email of 7 May, requesting information on Michael Gove
- claims on Trophy Hunting.

We aim to answer your request no later than 5th June, which is 20 working
days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this deadline
we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Marie Davies

Information Rights Team

[email address]

no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Suzanne Kelly,

Please find attached the response to your request of 7th May for
information on Michael Gove - claims on Trophy Hunting.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear [email address] on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team,
Your letter represents that your volume of correspondence for the period The correspondence to be looked at should be from 7 May 2019 going back to 30 April 2018 on the subject, using the SUGGESTED search terms I gave, would cost £600. You seem to have widened my search out: Michael Gove is the person whose correspondence I asked for, not others in his area.

Further, you are supposed by law to help me narrow my search. Since you did not make that offer, please carry out a search to find the relevant correspondence for the period from 7 May 2019 going back to 1 February 2019.

If you really cannot perform this search easily, and free of charge, I will request a review. The Information Commissioner has already had some interesting things to say about searching in this electronic age and inflated costs being asked. I suggest you revisit your position, and at a minimum find me the correspondence for this narrowed time period forthwith. He is a minister; his correspondence is meant to be kept, and an electronic search would take a competent professional no more than an hour with these narrow parameters.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Kelly

no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Defra Information Rights Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Suzanne Kelly,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 28th
May.

Yours sincerely,

Information Rights Team

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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