The Mayor's Office today refused to release correspondence between the Mayor Boris Johnson and Prince Charles.
Section 37 - communications with Her Majesty and honours:Information relating to communications with Her Majesty, other members of the Royal Family or the Royal Household; andInformation relating to the conferring by the Crown of any honour or dignity.This exemption is public interest tested.
They have given themselves another month to consider the public interest test.
Now I understand that royal correspondence would ordinarily be exempt.
But when our future King has directly involved himself in hugely sensitive planning decisions and major financial and political deals, then I think it pretty clearly falls within the public interest.
The second part of my request was for all internal communications relating to Prince Charles within City Hall.
The Mayor's office are also refusing this part of the request on the basis of cost.
This is despite the fact that a similar internal request was fulfilled in relation to Brian Coleman and myself.
The Mayor's Office have given themselves until 24th February to decide whether the main part of my request falls under the public interest test.
This will be two months after I made my initial request.
Please email me at the usual address, if you can help me fight this case.
-Update- The New Statesman, Guardian and Evening Standard have all picked up on this story