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Air Quality

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th October 2009.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not responded by legally required deadlines to the request and subsequent appeal by the Campaign for Clean Air in London in relation to information relating to a meeting that took place on 22 January 2009 between Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on air quality matters.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

The Government always strive to meet the 20 working day deadline for responding to requests made under the environmental information regulations (EIRs). However, we very much regret that in this case we were unable to meet the deadline at either the initial request or internal review stage. This was because the request from the Campaign for Clean Air in London involved some detailed and careful consideration about the application or otherwise of certain of the exceptions in the EIRs, the consequent balance of the public interest arguments around the disclosure of advice to ministers as well as consultation with third parties about information relating to them.

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