Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Freedom of Information Act request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 14 January (0045–19), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report resulting from the internal investigation into the leaked Foreign Office memo ahead of the State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 with the names of the officials concerned redacted together with any other information that could lead to their identification.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

It would not be appropriate to place a copy of the report resulting from the internal investigation into the leaked Foreign Office memo ahead of the State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 in the Library of the House. Doing so would breach data protection legislation as the report contains personal information about those involved. The substantial media coverage of the leak at the time means that, even if the report were redacted to remove names of those involved, their identity would be readily available through an internet search.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.