The story so far:
Defra FoI fail, 25 April
Defra FoI continued fail, 26 April
Defra FoI – less of a fail, 26 April
This morning I received this response (or at least this is the bit that I am revealing at the moment):
Thank you to Defra for apparently pulling out the stops once you were given a very firm nudge. I’m grateful.
I’m a bit surprised that there are no notes of a meeting between the Secretary of State and the Chief Executive of the GWCT. My experience of such meetings is that there is almost always someone taking notes.
And I’m a bit surprised that Defra has no record of a meeting between Michael Gove and Ian Coghill, Nick Downshire and Amanda Anderson since I have heard through various slightly boastful shooting sources that the Secretary of State did meet them and offered them some words of…shall we call it support?… at that meeting. Well, I’ve asked Defra whether they are quite sure about this or whether their first answer is an answer of Amber Rudd-type accuracy. Then I might ask GWCT and the Moorland Association. And then I’ll be able to tell you quite definitively that Michael Gove could not possible have said…whatever he didn’t say…because he has not met these people.