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LETTER TO MY MP dated 03/12 1999

Dear Mr MP-

Re: Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

I have received today your letter dated 02 December, 1999 and the attached report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman involving the non-disclosure of the Chapter 10 of Internet Detective by the Home Office.

As you say I am disappointed with the result but again I was not surprised at all with the conclusion. My impression was that the Open Government Code of Practice process does not have teeth. I would try the request again once the Freedom of Information Bill is enacted to see if there would be an improvement. I will also write an article about my experience with the Code of Practice.

I have not heard from the Permanent Secretary within the Home Office in relation to my case and I will let you know if they ever contact me in relation to this issue.

I would like to thank you for your efforts in relation to my case and I would like to meet you, of course if possible, in your Leeds Constituency Office to discuss this case further. I will be away between 5-15 December but I would be happy to meet you in any time you might think appropriate.



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