FOI Request to Metropolitan Police Service

Dear Mr Watson,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: XXXXXX

I respond in connection with your request for information which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 13th August 2012. I note you seek access to the following information:

The dates of meetings between John Yates and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, from May 2010 & July 2011 recovered by an electronic search of Mr Yates’ diary.

Copies of the minutes of these meetings.

A list of all direct email contact between AC Yates and Mr Johnson from May 2010 & July 2011 where the phone hacking scandal has been discussed.


To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted of the electronic diary & personal archived files of former MPS Assistant Commissioner John Yates from May 2010 to July 2011.


The searches located some information relevant to your request.


We attach the located information.

Searches were made of the electronic diary using ‘Mayor’ & ‘Boris Johnson’ as search headings.

Meetings attended by both AC Yates and Mayor Johnson were recorded on:

25 May 2010, 14 June 2010, 15 July 2010, 8 November 2010, 10 January 2011, 1 February 2011, 21 April 2011, 3 May 2011.

None of these meetings took place on MPS premises and no minutes of these meetings have been identified as received/retained by the MPS.

No direct email contact between AC Yates and Mayor Johnson between May 2010 & July 2011 regarding the phone hacking was identified, therefore the information you have requested is not held by the MPS.


Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact me on telephone number XXX quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely


1 thought on “FOI Request to Metropolitan Police Service”

  1. Tom,

    The FOI Response from the Met potentially seriously underestimates the number of times John Yates and Boris Johnson met.

    The FOI Response mentions only two search terms, “Mayor” and “Boris Johnson”. The possibility exists that other terms covering variants of the preceding might turn up additional meetings. Similarly with collective terms for the Mayoral team or locations relevant to the Mayor.

    It seems to me that a formal request for Internal Review along such lines might elicit further relevant information.

    I should mention that I believe that John Yates has questions to answer about much serious matters, specifically evidence that he (and Sir Paul Stephenson) failed to investigate offences contrary to Section 56 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    See Terrorism Act 2000 Section 56 offences etc – Letter of 2nd February 2010 to Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates for relevant background.

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