Freedom of Information Request -Update on Kilmuir Petition

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Freedom of Information Request -Update on Kilmuir Petition
« on: October 14, 2016, 07:28:12 PM »
Dear Mr Timbrell,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F16-449

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. In relation to
 your petition entitled “We require Parliament to debate Lord Kilmuir's
 letter to Edward Heath”, you indicated that you were still awaiting the
 Government response to your submission. You have now made a request to the
 House of Commons for “a copy of anything written”, relating to this
 petition.

 

As it is the responsibility of the Government, not Parliament, to provide
 responses to e-petitions, we have interpreted your query as a request for
 correspondence between the staff of the Petitions Committee of the House
 of Commons and the Government about the response to this petition.

 

The House of Commons holds correspondence relating to your request.
 However, this information is exempt from disclosure under section 34
 (parliamentary privilege) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The
 application of this exemption is required for the purpose of avoiding a
 breach of the privileges of the House of Commons because any such
 information would relate to the unpublished proceedings of a Select
 Committee, and one of the privileges of the House is the right of select
 committees to decide whether, when or how to publish material it has
 received. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does
 not apply.

 

It may help you to know that the Government’s Department for Exiting the
 European Union is responsible for responding to your petition. You may
 wish to contact them to enquire about this matter directly. Their contact
 details are available here:
 [1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
 the House of Commons. Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with the
 outcome of your request you may ask the House of Commons to conduct an
 internal review of any decision regarding your request. Complaints or
 requests for internal review should be addressed to: Information Rights
 and Information Security Service, Research & Information Team, House of
 Commons, London SW1A 0AA or [2][House of Commons request email]. Please ensure
 that you specify the full reasons for your complaint or internal review
 along with any arguments or points that you wish to make.

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
 at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,
 [3]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
 Information Rights Manager
 Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
 Commons

 

[4]cid:[email protected]

Click [5]here for information about FOI in the House of Commons,

or to see what we publish.

 


 
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