Review of proactive publication of Cabinet Papers
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From: Andrew Ecclestone
Dear Ministry of Justice,
In November 2019 the State Services Commission published the Ministry of Justice's September 2019 report on progress with Commitment 7 of the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. This can be accessed from here:
Milestone 3 for this Commitment concerns the proactive publication of Cabinet Papers. In relation to this, on page 3 of this progress report, the Ministry states that:
"In agreeing to the proactive release of Cabinet Papers Cabinet asked for a review of effectiveness and impact to be carried out later this year. Planning for this review is underway"
This is an Official Information Act (OIA) request to be supplied with a copy of all the information held by the Ministry which relates to the scope, timetable, resourcing, terms of reference, and other planning for this review.
Under section 12(3) of the OIA, I ask that my request be treated as urgent. My reason for doing this is to ensure that the Ministry's planning is in the public domain as soon as possible, to enable myself and others interested in the operation and effectiveness of this policy to contribute to the Ministry (and Minister's) consideration of the how the review should proceed, prior to the decision being made. Urgent disclosure of this information will directly contribute to achieving two of the purposes of the OIA set out in section 4 of the Act: enabling people to "more effectively" participate in the making and administration of laws and policies; and promoting the "the accountability of Ministers of the Crown and officials".
Pursuant to section 16 of the OIA, my preferred method of receiving this information is as electronic attachments to an email sent to the address from which the Ministry received this request. Also pursuant to section 16 of the OIA I request that the attachments are provided in the original file format in which they were created, and not as image-only (rasterised) PDF documents, and that they are not watermarked with ‘Released under the OIA’ or similar text, as the law does not require the Ministry to do this.
Under section 19(a)(ii), if the Ministry decides to withhold any of the requested information I have requested, I further request that it provides me with the grounds in support of any reasons for withholding that it has asserted. I also ask that it list each of the public interest factors favouring disclosure that it has considered when making its decision.
I look forward to hearing from the Ministry as soon as reasonably practicable.
From: correspondence, official
Ministry of Justice
Good afternoon ,
Acknowledging receipt of your Official Information Act request on the
review of proactive publication of Cabinet Papers.
We have passed this on to the relevant business unit for response.
You can expect a response on or before 12^th February 2020.
Justice | Tāhū
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