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Lord Ashcroft

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many freedom of information requests relating to assurances given by Richard Ashcroft on his residency status prior to his elevation to the peerage (a) have received refusals to supply the requested information, (b) are, or have been, subject to internal Cabinet Office review and (c) have been referred to the Information Commissioner. (186626)

The Cabinet Office has received three requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to the assurances given by The Lord Ashcroft on his residency status prior to his elevation to the peerage. The requested information has been refused in all three cases, two of which are now the subject of an internal review. Information about cases referred to the Information Commissioner is not a matter for the Cabinet Office.