May 13, 2015
Prince Charles letters released
Category: freedom of information
Correspondence available on Cabinet Office website
Letters between Prince Charles and various Government departments – known as the “black spider letters” – have today been released. They can be found on the Cabinet Office website here, with a link to a separate scanned document for each Government department.
The release comes after the Supreme Court decision in March this year in the case of R (Evans) v HM Attorney General, in which the Supreme Court decided that the Attorney General’s veto was not valid and the letters should be released. The release of the letters marks the culmination of a 10 year campaign by Guardian journalist Dan Evans to obtain access to the letters under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
The Freedom of Information Act (section 37) was amended in 2010 to prevent future release of correspondence with the monarch, heir to the throne or second in line to the throne, providing an absolute exemption from the requirements of the Act. This exemption applies only to the Act itself, not the Environmental Information Regulations.
BBC News – Prince Charles’s Letters Published
Guardian – Prince Charles Letters
Telegraph – Black Spider memos published