FOI - Queen's foreign travel status

FOI - Queen's foreign travel status

Postby Farmer » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:32 am

1. When leaving the country, it is required that a person must inform the authorities if that person is carrying more than £10,000. Is this also true for the Queen when she travels abroad as head of state, or in her private capacity? If yes, why? And if no, Why not?

2. When the Queen travels abroad for her duties as head of state, does she need to carry a passport? If yes, what type is it and why must she carry it? If no, why does she not have to?

3. When the Queen travels abroad as a private person, does she need to carry a passport? If yes, what type is it and why must she carry it? If no, why does she not have to?

4. What type of passport does the Queen have, and does she have more than one?

5. When the Queen is in her private capacity, is she a subject, or Subject, or neither? If not, what is she?

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Re: FOI - Queen's foreign travel status

Postby Farmer » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:34 pm

Here is the reply. This reply has been handled complely differently by the Home Office to my Citizenship Renunciation request.

Our Ref: 13022
Date: 24 November 2009

Dear Mr Smith,

I am writing further to our email of 14 October 2009 about your request for information about the Queen and travel arrangements abroad. We are now in a position to provide a full reply to your request.

For ease of reference I have set out the questions below:

Q1 – when leaving the country, it is required that a person must inform the authorities if that person is carrying more than £10,000. Is this also true for the Queen when she travels abroad as head of state, or in her private capacity? If yes, why? And if no, why not?

We do not consider this to be a Freedom of Information request as it is not a request for recorded information. However, outside the terms of the Act, you might be interested in the following link to the Royal website, which contains information on Her Majesty’s position in terms of UK law:

http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/Queenandthelaw/Queenandthelaw.aspx

Q2 – When the Queen travels abroad for her duties as head of state, does she need to carry a passport? If yes, what type is it and why must she carry it? If not, why does she not have to?

We believe that the information you have requested is already reasonably accessible to you. It can be found on the Royal Household’s website which can be accessed via the link below:

http://www.royal.gov.uk/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/20mostaskedquestions.aspx

Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act exempts the Home Office from having to provide you with this information, because it is already in the public domain. If you have any difficulties in accessing this information at the source which I have indicated, please contact me again.

Q3 – When the Queen travels abroad as a private person, does she need to carry a passport? If yes, what type is it and why must she carry it? If no, why does she not have to?

As above response.

Q4 – What type of passport does the Queen have, and does she have more than one?

As above response.

Q5 – when the Queen is in her private capacity, is she a subject, or Subject, or neither? If not, what is she?

We do not consider this to be a Freedom of Information request as it is not a request for recorded information. However, outside the terms of the Act, you may be interested to read the following information on the Royal website about Her Majesty’s position as Head of State:

http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/HowtheMonarchyworks/TheroleoftheSovereign.aspx.

If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to the address below, quoting reference 13022. If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.

Information Access Team
Home Office
Ground Floor, Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
e-mail: info.access@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Martin Riddle

Information Access Team
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