Bullshit response to our FOI request to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on freemasonry
Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your email dated 8 February 2018 in which you made the following request:

foi@equalityhumanrights.com

To Equality and Human Rights Commission

In light of recent exposures in the national press regarding freemasonry operating inside Westminster as well as recent advertising campaigns promoted on the BBC that freemasons will be CONTACTING the Equality and Human Rights Commission today. See HERE and HERE

1. With regard your hierarachy and the following listed on your website

The Board comprises:

David Isaac CBE (Chair)
Caroline Waters OBE (Deputy Chair)
June Milligan (Wales Commissioner)
Dr Lesley Sawers (Scotland Commissioner)
Susan Johnson OBE
Lorna McGregor
Professor Swaran Singh
Lord Shinkwin
Rebecca Hilsenrath (Chief Executive)

Please provide an assurance that NO conflicts of interest arise in that they have no direct or indirect connections to freemasonry ?

2. An explanation that can provide proof of arms length impartiality when some of the aboved named persons have received honours from the British Royal family as the Duke of Kent as head of freemasonry would show an unacceptable conflict of interest ?

Response

We have responded to each of your requests in turn below: Tel: 0161 829 8100 | Email: correspondence@equalityhumanrights.com 2nd Floor, Arndale House, The Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ www.equalityhumanrights.com

1. Please provide an assurance that NO conflicts of interest arise in that they have no direct or indirect connections to freemasonry?

Declarations of interests for the Commissions Board members can be found on our website following the link below. None of the members of the Board have declared direct or indirect connections to freemasonry.

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/who-we-are/our-commissioners-committees-and-governance

Please note that there is no Declaration of Interest for Lord Shinkwin as he is not a Commissioner.


2. An explanation that can provide proof of arms-length impartiality when some of the above named persons have received honours from the British Royal family as the Duke of Kent as head of freemasonry would show an unacceptable conflict of interest?

The information requested is not held by the Commission.

If you are unhappy with our response and wish to request an internal review of our decision please write to the Corporate Correspondence Team within 40 days of receiving this letter setting out your reasons at:

Email: foi@equalityhumanrights.com or

Equality and Human Rights Commission
2nd Floor Arndale House The Arndale Centre Manchester M4 3AQ