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Transport written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2010, Official Report, columns 342-43W, on departmental correspondence, for what reasons he did not include within his Department's disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of the full set of emails from 19 September 2007 to 12 November 2007 between his Department and BAA regarding the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow, an email received on 19 September 2007 at 10:17 (sender/receiver redacted) with the subject line: fwd:Re: PSDH:R3 2020.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

A copy of the e-mail in question was disclosed to the hon. Member as part of the two bundles of correspondence supplied under cover of my letter of 19 November. The first bundle covered the period between 19 September and 12 November 2007 and the second the period from then to the date of the Heathrow decisions in January 2009. The email in question was not included in the first bundle only because, in the exercise to compile a record of the Heathrow papers, it had been filed under the date of a forwarding e-mail falling within the latter period.

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Paul Dawson
Posted on 11 Feb 2010 11:48 am (Report this annotation)

I do not consider this to be a plausible explanation. I suspect that the filing process the Department is using is designed to hamper the process of providing a proper audit trail for documents that should in normal circumstances be filed in date order. What else are they trying to hide?