Prince Charles has lost a three-year legal battle against an environmental activist, with judges ruling the Duchy of Cornwall is a “public authority” which must answer requests under freedom of information legislation. The case could open the floodgates for scrutiny of the Prince’s £700m property empire.
With an absolute exemption from the Freedom of Information Act (which was tightened significantly in January), the Royal website thumbs its nose at journalists and campaigners:
“The Royal Household is not a public authority within the meaning of the FOI Acts, and is therefore exempt from their provisions.”
But yesterday’s landmark ruling states that Charles’ estate is subject to another area of FOI law: the Environmental Information Regulations.
As regular readers may have guessed, Scrapbook is amongst several individuals and organisations to have now sent a request asking for the details of mysterious consultation process in which ministers have been forced to seek the self-styled “political dissident” permission to pass twelve bills since 2005.