External Relations Minister's meeting with Lord [name redacted] and [name redacted] MP (FOI)
External Relations Minister's meeting with Lord [name redacted] and [name redacted] MP (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 25 April 2023.
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Please provide all notes, minutes, attendee list, and any other records related to meetings titled "MER / Lord [name redacted] catch-up" AND "MER / [name redacted] MP" that occurred between 1 February 2022 and 1 May 2022 as disclosed in the following Freedom of Information responses:
External Relations Minister's meetings February to May 2022 (FOI)
External Relations Minister's off-island meetings February to May 2022 (FOI)
This information has been withheld under Article 41 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
Article 41 -International relations
(1) Information is qualified exempt information if its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice relations between Jersey and –
(a) the United Kingdom;
(b) a State other than Jersey;
(c) an international organization; or
(d) an international court.
(2) Information is qualified exempt information if its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice –
(a) any Jersey interests abroad; or
(b) the promotion or protection by Jersey of any such interest.
(3) Information is also qualified exempt information if it is confidential information obtained from –
(a) a State other than Jersey;
(b) an international organization; or
(c) an international court.
(4) In this Article, information obtained from a State, organization or court is confidential while –
(a) the terms on which it was obtained require it to be held in confidence; or
(b) the circumstances in which it was obtained make it reasonable for the State, organization or court to expect that it will be so held.
(5) In this Article –
“international court” means an international court that is not an international organization and that was established –
(a) by a resolution of an international organization of which the United Kingdom is a member; or
(b) by an international agreement to which the United Kingdom was a party;
“international organization” means an international organization whose members include any two or more States, or any organ of such an organization;
“State” includes the government of a State and any organ of its government, and references to a State other than Jersey include references to a territory for whose external relations the United Kingdom is formally responsible.
Public Interest Test
The public interest in respect of Article 41 is weighted in favour of maintaining the exemption unless equally strong countervailing public interest arguments favour the disclosure of the information. It is recognised that there is a public interest in providing transparency about the island's network of international agreements. However, having considered the public interest, the Scheduled Public Authority concluded that the public interest in disclosing this information at this time is outweighed by the public interest considerations in withholding the information, in support of the Island's interests and to avoid any potential prejudice to the Island's relationship with the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions.