FER0852865

The complainant has requested communications sent between Hastings Borough Council (the council), and the owners of a local caravan park about a ‘joint cost survey’ into the stability of land which was affected by a landslip. The Commissioner’s decision is that the council is entitled to rely on regulation 12(5)(e) as its basis for withholding…

FS50894563

The complainant has requested contract values and related information about its 11-plus testing from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (“CEM”) of the University of Cambridge (the “university”). The university withheld the requested information under section 43(2) of the FOIA as it considered release to be commercially prejudicial. The Commissioner’s decision is that the university…

FS50845649

The complainant requested copies of correspondence sent between a named officer at Hastings Borough Council (the council) and a geotechnical engineering company within a specified time period. Whilst the council provided the complainant with copies of some emails, it redacted certain information which it regarded to fall outside the scope of the request. During the…

FS50848869

The complainant requested information about parking issues. Wiltshire Police did not comply with the request, citing section 14(1) (Vexatious request) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that Wiltshire Police has applied section 14(1) of the FOIA appropriately. The Commissioner does not require Wiltshire Police to take any steps as a result of this decision.…

FS50872002

The complainant requested information relating to a decision to house sex offenders at Hollesley Bay open prison in Suffolk. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has appropriately applied the exemption at section 35(1)(a) (formulation of government policy) of the FOIA. However, the public interest favours disclosure of some of the withheld…

FS50861021

The complainant has requested information on a whistleblowing concern sent to the CQC. The CQC withheld some of the information on the basis of section 40(2), 44(1)(a) and 31(1)(g). The CQC also refused to confirm or deny if some of the information was held under the exclusions at these same exemptions. The Commissioner’s decision is…

FS50858911

The complainant asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for information about a request from the United Nations (UN) request to certain member states to appoint an independent and high ranking official to review relevant files they may hold about the plane crash that killed UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961. The FCO confirmed…

FS50883049

The complainant requested information relating to an investigation into a fatal shooting. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) refused the request as vexatious. The Commissioner’s decision is that the request was vexatious and therefore the IOPC was entitled to rely on section 14(1) (vexatious request) of the FOIA to refuse it. The Commissioner requires…

FS50881669

The complainant requested information relating to a court case involving Surrey Police. Surrey Police provided some information within the scope of the request, but refused to provide the remainder, citing section 40(2) (personal information) of the FOIA. The Commissioner investigated Surrey Police’s application of section 40(2) to the withheld information within the scope of part…

FS50837710

The complainant has requested information from Halton Borough Council which concerns live business rates accounts with a value greater than or equal to £5,000. The Council has refused the complainant’s request in reliance on section 40(2) of the FOIA on the grounds that the information is the personal data of third parties, and also in…