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Select Committee on Public Administration Second Report


MEMORANDUM 20

Submitted by the Ministry of Defence

Thank you for your letter of 9 June, about the reasons why information was not provided by the Ministry of Defence in answer to certain parliamentary questions in the session 1998-99.

In each instance, the reason for Defence Ministers were unable to provide the information requested was explained in the answer. In the case of 53 of the 60 cases cited by the Table Office, each refusal concerned a category of information which is expressly exempt from the disclosure commitment under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. Of the remaining seven cases, question number 76234 should have quoted Exemption 1 under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, and 74759 and 71902 should have quoted Exemption 7 of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. In question number 83288, it was explained that part of the information requested could not be provided as it was not a matter for Defence Ministers. For question number 68418, the answer fully explained the reason why the information could not be provided. The remaining two cases (question numbers 74657 and 75796) cannot be identified, as the wrong reference numbers seem to have been quoted. The attached schedule gives the relevant details, including the exemptions under the Code which applied in the 53 cases.

27 July 2000


Schedule

Exemption 1 - Defence, security and international relations

61463
62656
78716
76736 and exemption 2
81573
82347
66001
80427
87196
84763
88142
88139
65377
67629
74255
88141
88889
88963
75115
72643
82522
93990 and exemption 12
87833
88126
95966
76125
77149
76234

Exemption 2 - Internal discussion and advice

65025
69344
72196
72195
73393 and exemption 13
82516
84506 and exemption 7 and 1391568
92021
93863

Exemption 4 - Law enforcement and legal proceedings

95336

Exemption 7 - Effective management and operations of the public service

62094
66700
74759
82514
88424
96889
97137

Exemption 12 - Privacy of the individual

67695
77353
93940
93941

Exemption 13 - Third party's commercial confidences

78187
84211
88313
96746

Exemption 14 - Information given in confidence

72203

74657 and 75796 - No records match these numbers.

68418 - This question covered legislative proposals for each year and as a long-standing convention, details are not announced before the Queen's Speech at the start of the relevant session.

83288 - MOD Ministers cannot comment on the contributions weapons and forces to NATO operations by other countries.

76234 - The information was classified and the answer should have quoted Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

74759 and 71902 - The information was commercial in confidence and the answer should therefore quoted Exemption 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.


 
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