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Departments: Freedom of Information

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister approved the use of the section 36 exemption of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 referred to in the letter of 11 October from his Department to the hon. Member for Billericay. (159578)

The opinion of a qualified person (in the case of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) this is a Minister) has not yet been sought and the section 36 exemption has not yet been engaged. The FCO will write to the hon. Member urgently clarifying its position in accordance with section 17(1) of the Act.