23 March 2022
Thank you for your request which I received on 2 March 2022. You asked for the following information:
The cost and expenses in full of Mark Drakeford’s latest trip to Brussels. This is in relation to his public tweet on travelling there to show solidarity to European countries in the light of Ukraine:
The information you have requested is exempt under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), information intended for future publication. Details of Ministerial visits overseas are published in line with the Ministerial code and this information will be published shortly with the next tranche of information for the financial year 2021-22.
Section 22 is a publicly tested exemption and I have set out my arguments for non-disclosure at Annex 1 to this letter.
If you are dissatisfied with the Welsh Government’s handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this response. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to the Welsh Government’s Freedom of Information Officer at:
Information Rights Unit
or e-mail: Freedom.email@example.com
Please remember to quote the ATISN reference number above.
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
However, please note that the Commissioner will not normally investigate a complaint until it has been through our own internal review process.
Section 22: Information intended for future publication.
The Welsh Government believes that Section 22 is applied in relation to the requested information. Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act is subject to the public interest test. This means that in order to withhold information under its provisions, any personal interest of the requester notwithstanding, it has to be shown that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs that in releasing it.
Public interest arguments in favour of disclosure
The general presumption of openness and transparency, which the Freedom of Information Act aspires to.
Public interest arguments against disclosure
This information is published as a requirement in the Ministerial code. This information will be published along with details of other Ministerial visits overseas according to the usual schedule. The information for the financial year 2021-22 will be published shortly after the end of March 2022.
The Welsh Government acknowledges the public interest in openness and transparency, and it is a long-standing requirement that details of Ministerial visits overseas, including the costs, are published in line with the Ministerial code.
Therefore, we believe the public interest would be better served in the information being published at the appropriate time. To that end, I believe the information should be withheld under s22 of the Act, until it is published in due course at the following link: