Three weeks ago we posted a blog piece about the Home Office’s lack of response to our FOI requests on MGM, addressed to Theresa May. Public bodies are required to respond to FOI requests within 20 working days, and 15 more working days – three calendar weeks – have elapsed since that deadline. We’ve emailed the Home Office FOI team three times about their response being overdue, and had no explanation from them.
Ms May appears to be struggling with our perfectly simple FOI requests:
Given that MGM demonstrably results in bodily harm, and often mental harm, on what grounds are the police declining to press charges against those carrying out the operations?
Regardless of those grounds, will the government commit publicly to introducing legislation in this parliamentary term (i.e. before May 2020) to make non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors illegal?
With the benefit of hindsight, we should have made the deadline for introducing legislation much earlier. That apart, we look forward to Ms May’s response.