Prince Charles’s letters: judges allow appeal against block on publication – The Guardian

“High court judges give the Guardian right to challenge cabinet move to keep secret so-called ‘black spider memos.’ ”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mike Gordon: Prince Charles’ Correspondence Back in Court – Reflections on R. (Evans) v. Attorney General – UK Constitutional Law Group

“The Administrative Court is the latest body to become involved in the on-going saga related to disclosure of the Prince of Wales’ correspondence with government departments. In the recent case of R. (Evans) v. Attorney General [2013] EWHC 1960 (Admin), the Guardian journalist Rob Evans challenged the legality of the government’s decision to veto disclosure of the relevant correspondence between Prince Charles and a range of government ministers. Disclosure of most of this material had been ordered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) by the Upper Tribunal, allowing an appeal from Evans against the earlier decision of the Information Commissioner that the correspondence sought could be withheld.”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 22nd July 2013

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

The Prince Charles veto: JR fails due to availability of JR – Panopticon

“As Chris Knight reported this morning, judgment has been handed down in R (Evans) v HM Attorney General [2013] EWHC 1960 (Admin). The Upper Tribunal had ordered disclosure of certain correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers (termed ‘advocacy correspondence’). The government – the Attorney General specifically – exercised the power of veto under section 53 of FOIA. The requester, Guardian journalist Rob Evans, brought judicial review proceedings. The Administrative Court dismissed his claim.”

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Panopticon, 10th July 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Decision on EU crime and justice measures – Home Office

Posted July 10th, 2013 in EC law, extradition, news, police, veto, warrants by sally

“The Home Secretary has confirmed the UK will opt out of EU policing and criminal justice measures and seek to rejoin those that keep the UK safe.”

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Home Office, 9th July 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Papers drop veto on watchdog appointments – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2013 in inquiries, media, news, ombudsmen, professional conduct, regulations, veto by tracey

“Newspaper owners have backed down on demands to have a veto over the board members of any new press regulator.”

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BBC News, 10th May 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revealed: George Osborne’s secret veto on fraud inquiries – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2013 in banking, budgets, compensation, conflict of interest, fraud, inquiries, news, veto by sally

“George Osborne has a secret veto over large and potentially politically sensitive fraud investigations, The Independent has learnt.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Upper Tribunal issues further decision in Prince Charles’ letters saga – Panopticon

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in disclosure, judicial review, news, parliament, public interest, royal family, veto by sally

“In the latest round of the legal and political boxing match that the Evans case has become, the Upper Tribunal (‘UT’), chaired by Walker J, has decided that the government should release its ‘schedules and lists’ of ‘advocacy correspondence’ between Prince Charles and various government departments.”

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Panopticon, 21st February 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Secret papers show extent of senior royals’ veto over bills – The Guardian

“The extent of the Queen and Prince Charles’s secretive power of veto over new laws has been exposed after Downing Street lost its battle to keep information about its application secret.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The revolving door of EU criminal justice – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 19th, 2012 in criminal justice, EC law, news, veto, warrants by sally

“There has been much in the press recently about the UK Government being minded to opt out, and/or in, of EU criminal justice measures. The implications of this decision will be significant to the UK’s ability to investigate and prosecute crime. So what does it all mean?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th October 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Attorney General vetoes release of Prince of Wales correspondence – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General today issued a certificate under the Freedom of Information Act, both as it applies for the purposes of the Act and as it applies to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, vetoing the disclosure of correspondence between HRH the Prince of Wales and ministers in seven government departments.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 16th October 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Criminal law opt-out – our justice system deserves better – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 15th, 2012 in criminal justice, EC law, jurisdiction, news, veto, victims, warrants by tracey

“Recently there has been concern in the legal world and media about the potential loss of EU criminal justice and judicial cooperation measures which are incorporated into English law.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th October 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Theresa May takes first step to opting out of EU law and order measures – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2012 in criminal justice, EC law, jurisdiction, news, police, veto by tracey

“Britain will on Monday take steps towards opting out of a series of EU law and order measures in a move designed by the Tories to show that they are living up to their pre-election Eurosceptic pledges.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Royal powers of veto over laws to be made public – The Independent

Posted September 3rd, 2012 in disclosure, freedom of information, news, parliament, royal family, veto by tracey

“Details of secret powers held by senior members of the Royal Family granting veto over Government legislation could me made public after a decision by the Information Commissioner.”

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The Independent, 1st September 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government criticised for keeping Iraq war talks secret – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2012 in attorney general, freedom of information, Iraq, news, veto, war by sally

“The decision to keep Iraq war cabinet minutes secret is ‘disappointing’, the UK information commissioner has said.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Justice committee’s report on FOIA – Commentary on the ss.35 & 36 recommendations – Panopticon

Posted July 27th, 2012 in freedom of information, government departments, news, veto by sally

“As Tim Pitt-Payne QC commented in his post on the report earlier today, the Committee’s report has not landed a bombshell in the middle of the FOIA landscape. To a very large extent, the report endorses the current structure and content of the legislation, something which the Commissioner clearly welcomes. However, whilst the Committee has largely resisted calls for FOIA to be amended, it has commented fairly extensively on how the Act should be applied in practice. This commentary is doubtless going to influence the evolution of FOIA case-law for the foreseeable future.”

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Panopticon, 26th July 2012

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

NHS risk register’s publication vetoed by cabinet – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2012 in freedom of information, government departments, health, news, veto by sally

“The official assessment of the risks involved in the government’s NHS shakeup will never be published after the cabinet exercised its rare right of veto to keep it secret.”

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The Guardian, 8th May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord chancellor veto raises questions for judicial standards – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2011 in judicial appointments commission, lord chancellor, news, veto by tracey

“Worries over judicial appointment process and quality of candidates as barrister salaries outstrip bench.”

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The Guardian, 8th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prince Charles consent law to remain – Downing Street – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2011 in bills, news, royal family, veto by sally

“David Cameron has no plans to change laws which require the government to seek Prince Charles’s permission to pass legislation which could affect his private interests, Downing Street says.”

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BBC News, 31st October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Outcry over plan to give attorney general veto on war crimes warrants – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2009 in attorney general, news, veto, war crimes, warrants by sally

“The attorney general will be asked to approve warrants before suspected war criminals can be arrested in future under a plan being negotiated by the Foreign Office in response to the row over attempts to arrest Israel’s former foreign minister.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jack Straw issues ‘veto’ certificate under the Freedom of Information Act – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 10th, 2009 in disclosure, freedom of information, press releases, public interest, veto by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has issued a ‘veto’ certificate under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act, overruling the Information Tribunal’s decision of 23 June 2009.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk