|Social Audit Ltd|
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|Richard Shepherd MP|
|House of Commons|
|LONDON SW1A OAA||22 September 1999|
You probably will not have seen the letter of apology I received from the Permanent Secretary, on behalf of the Department of Health. I am now enclosing a copy of this together with my reply. I am also enclosing the short piece by the Chief Pharmacist at the Maudsley Hospital, referred to in my letter to Mr Kelly. This underlines the further work that needs to be done on the substantive issues - which should now be a bit easier, given the terms of the Ombudsman's report.
In the forthcoming Parliamentary debates, I know you will be vigorously encouraging the government to honour the White Paper commitments to freedom of information, and I hope the findings in our case will strengthen your hand.Many thanks again.