FS50718801

The complainant has requested information relating to the so-called “Chennai Six”. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) refused to provide it citing provisions of section 27 (prejudice to international relations) and section 40 (unfair disclosure of personal data) as its basis for doing to. It upheld this at internal review. The Commissioner’s decision is that…

FS50734315

The complainant has requested copies of project assurance review reports for 3 major government projects, namely, Tax-Free Childcare, Columbus (IT delivery project) and, Customs Declaration Service. The public authority withheld the requested information relying on the exemptions at section 36(2)(b) and section 36(2)(c) FOIA. The Commissioner concluded that public authority was entitled to rely on…

FER0740472

The complainant has requested from Hampshire County Council information consisting of emails, minutes, internal memos, reports and maps which make reference to “Ranvilles Lane” . The Council considered that responding to the request would place a substantial and unreasonable burden on its resources and therefore refused the request as manifestly unreasonable, citing Regulation 12(4)(b) of…

FS50741472

The complainant requested from Liverpool City Council (the Council) information regarding the proposed closure of Dale Street and Old Haymarket car parks. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has correctly cited section 43(2) (commercial interests) of the FOIA as the balance of the public interest favours maintaining the exemption. Therefore, the Commissioner does not…

FS50706088

The complainant has requested information on the file PREM 19/2368 NIGERIA regarding the attempted abduction of former Minister Umani Dikko. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Cabinet Office has appropriately withheld some of the requested information in reliance of section 23(1) and 27(1)(a)(c) & (d) FOIA. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to…

FS50725548

The complainant has requested information regarding the disclosure of an unredacted diplomatic cable. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Department for International Trade (‘DIT’) appropriately relied on section 36(2) – Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs – to withhold the information in the scope of the request. The Commissioner does not require the public…

FS50732552

the Prime Minister’s visit to the US in January 2017 shortly following the inauguration of President Trump. Relying on sections 27(4) and 36(3) FOIA, the public authority neither confirmed nor denied holding the requested information. The Commissioner concluded that the public authority was not entitled to rely on sections 27(4) and 36(3) FOIA. The Commissioner…

FS50736536

The complainant submitted a request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) seeking communications between  the FCO  in London and the British embassy in Washington which contained the keywords ‘Twitter’, ‘tweets’, or ‘Britain First’ and were sent between 29th November 2017 and 13th December 2017. The FCO provided the complainant with some information falling within…

FS50737394

The complainant made a freedom of information request to NHS England for the minutes of a meeting concerning his deceased partner’s treatment and other related matters. He received no response. When contacted by the Commissioner to ask why there had been no response, the public authority initially informed her that it had not received the…