FOI Requests

TO: The Freedom of Information Officer
The Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
Attorney General’s Chambers
9 Buckingham Gate
London SW1E 6JP

Jan 2, 2004

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST: IRAQ WAR ADVICE

Dear Sir

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations 2004. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

I would like the final advice given by Attorney General to the government on the legality of invading Iraq along with copies of earlier versions of such advice. Additionally, I seek all emails and any other interdepartmental correspondence relating to the rational behind changes made to this advice.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means or hard copies. Alternatively, I can come and inspect the documents and make my own copies.

If it is not your policy to disclose this information I would urge a re-assessment. The applicable exemptions under the FOIA (section 24, 26,35, 42) are all qualified exemptions and require a public interest test. There can be few types of information that are more obviously in the public interest than a country’s decision to go to war.

I understand that under the access laws, I am entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the statutory time period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke
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Jan 2, 2004

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST: ID CARDS

Dear Sir

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the advice given by the Attorney General to cabinet ministers on the introduction of identification cards.

Additionally, I seek all emails and any other interdepartmental correspondence relating to this advice.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means followed by hard copies. Alternatively, I can come and inspect the documents and make my own copies.

If it is not your policy to disclose this information I would urge a re-assessment. The applicable exemptions under the FOIA are qualified by a public interest test. The public will have to carry ID cards under the proposed policy and therefore they have a direct interest in knowing the legality of such cards and whether they violate privacy and/or human rights.

I understand that under the access laws, I am entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the statutory time period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

Jan 2, 2004

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST: LISTING OF ADVICE GIVEN

Dear Sir

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for a listing of all the topics on which the Attorney General has advised the government in the past 12-month period from the time this request is answered.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. Alternatively, I can come and inspect the documents and make my own copies.

I understand that under the access laws, I am entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the statutory time period.

Regards,
Heather Brooke

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