As the British public finally got a look at memos sent by Prince Charles to government ministers, the re-elected Conservative government indicated its intention to tighten control of the freedom of information law.
The release of the royal memos culminating a 10-year legal battle fought by The Guardian newspaper, which finally got to describe the memos:
The letters reveal that Charles lobbied ministers, including the former prime minister Tony Blair, on a wide range of issues, including agriculture, the armed forces, architecture and homeopathy.
During the long legal tussle, decided only recently by a Supreme Court ruling (See FreedomInfo.org report), Parliament approved an absolute FOIA exemption for the royal family.
The ruling in the case challenged the government’s use of the so-called ministerial veto, saying that ministers could not overrule decisions of the courts or tribunals merely because they disagreed with them: they needed particularly strong reasons for a veto.
An official representing the Prime Minister said May 13 that there was a “strong case” for beefing up the veto provision.
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