Archive for July, 2012

March 2003 Cabinet minutes vetoed again

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

by Andrew Mason The Information Commissioner’s Office has now issued a statement following today’s announced decision by Attorney General Dominic Grieve to veto for the second time the release of the March 13/17 2003 Cabinet meeting minutes. The Information Commissioner required the Cabinet Office to disclose the withheld information to the complainant within 35 calendar [...]

Will the LibDems join the cover-up?

By chrislamb - Last updated: Monday, July 30, 2012

by Chris Lamb On 4 July, the Information Commissioner’s Office issued a Decision Notice (as yet unpublished) for my second Freedom of Information request for the Cabinet minutes of 13 and 17 March 2003 to be disclosed. This upholds the ICO’s previous Decision Notice of 2008 and the ruling of the Information Tribunal (January 2009) [...]

Statement on Blair/Bush FOI request status

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, July 30, 2012

by Andrew Mason Whilst researching for a new post about Stephen Plowden’s FOIA first-tier tribunal appeal decision, which itself now appears to be the subject of a further appeal process by the FCO, I have just come across the following, which was published on 24 July: Statement by Stephen Plowden If the Foreign & Commonwealth [...]

Blair silent on FOI review

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012

by Andrew Mason This short piece by Nigel Morris in today’s Independent should be of interest to many of the Digest’s regular commentators, in particular those who make FOIA requests themselves. It would appear that former PM Tony Blair could not find the time to personally fulfil a request by a Parliamentary committee to give [...]

The March 12 Blair/Bush conversation

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

by Andrew Mason Rajeev Syal, writing in today’s Guardian, tells us that “Whitehall sources” have confirmed that the Attorney General may continue to block the release of the transcript of Tony Blair’s (Wednesday) March 12 2003 telephone conversation with George Bush, in which it is alleged that France’s President Chirac’s refusal to support a second [...]

The evidence is not wholly consistent

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, July 16, 2012

by Chris Ames Deconstructing John Chilcot’s letter to David Cameron, explaining why the Inquiry report will be delayed for another year is not easy. It does not seem to be as clear cut as blaming the government and civil service for their refusal to release documents, as the Guardian and Daily Mail do. But one observation [...]

Report delayed again

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, July 16, 2012

by Chris Ames The Inquiry has published a new explanation of where it is up to with its report, the gist of which is that: The Inquiry has advised the Prime Minister that it will be in a position to begin the process of writing to any individuals that may be criticised by the middle [...]

The Reckoning

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, July 15, 2012

by Chris Ames The Guardian reports that: A British woman who worked at the top of the US military during the most troubled periods of the Iraq war has said she fears the west has yet to see how some Muslims brought up in the last decade will seek revenge for the “war on terror”. Speaking for [...]