July 2013

Request:

"I understand from a report released on Monday that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Helen Grant) wrote to the European Scrutiny Committee on 28 March 2013 and 30 April 2013, on the subject of the Draft Directive amending Directive 2003/98/EC on re-use of public sector information.
There is a summary of the two letters on the Parliament website here:  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmeuleg/83-iii/8319.htm

I would be grateful for a copy of both letters. Please consider this a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act."

Outcome:

Successful

Response:

I can confirm that The National Archives does hold the information requested. Under Freedom of Information this information is exempt under section 21 of the FOI Act 2000 - information accessible via other means. This is because this information is readily available and within the public domain (on European Scrutiny website) and we thus are not obliged to provide this information.

For ease of access we have provided you with the link to this information. The letters can be found under the Ministry of Justice tab, on pages 306-308 & 308-311:
 
www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/european-scrutiny/MinCor%202012-13.pdf