FS50787920

The complainant has requested information from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about the reimbursement prices of bicalutamide 50mg tablets and the manufacturers and wholesalers providing data for Category M drugs. The information was initially withheld by the DHSC under section 43(2) commercial interests. At a much later date the internal review cited…

FS50792686

The complainant has requested information relating the method by which Farm Parks are valued. The Valuation Office Agency initially refused the request as vexatious but subsequently provided some information. The Commissioner’s decision is that VOA failed to comply with its section 1(1) duties within 20 working days and therefore breached section 10 of the FOIA.…

FS50822279

The complainant has requested information pertaining to Thanet District Council’s review of the Port of Ramsgate and related plans for increased commercial shipping capacity following Brexit. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has failed to respond to the request within 20 working days and has therefore breached regulation 5(2) of the EIR. The Commissioner…

FS50834765

The complainant has requested information from the BBC associated with the journalist John Sweeney.  The BBC considers that the requested information is not caught by the FOIA as it is held for the purposes of journalism, art or literature. The Commissioner’s decision is that this information is held by the BBC for the purposes of…

FS50815942

The complainant submitted two requests to the Cabinet Office seeking information about the government’s Gulf Strategy. The Cabinet Office responded by stating that it did not hold any information falling within the scope of either request. The Commissioner is satisfied that on the balance of probabilities the Cabinet Office does not hold any information falling…

FS50792954

The complainant requested information on organisations that have received concessionary loans from the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  The Department for Education (DfE) withheld the information under FOIA section 36 (prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs) and 43 (commercial interests) but released the information during the Commissioner’s investigation.  The complainant remains dissatisfied with…

FS50798935

The complainant requested information about a UK visa that he believed had been granted to Anwar Al-Awlaki and also about what he described as Mr Al-Awlaki’s subsequent “ban” from the UK.  The Home Office would neither confirm nor deny (‘NCND’) whether it held the requested information, citing the exemption at section 41(2) (information provided in…

FS50758833

The complainant requested information in a Vehicle Conversion and Reconditioning Services Framework – RM956 managed by the Crown Commercial Service. The public authority disclosed some of the requested information and withheld data under the fields “CustomerName” and “Customer Invoice Date” on the basis of the exemptions at sections 31(1)(a) and 43(2) FOIA. The Commissioner concluded…

FER0793114

The complainant has requested information with regards to volume increases to proposed extensions and erections of dwellings. Bury Council (the council) provided a response. The complainant complained to the Commissioner that no internal review has been carried out after it was requested. The Commissioner’s decision is that the council has breached regulation 11(4) of the…