FER0744836

The complainant requested from Essex County Council (the Council) information relating to highways work carried out at Brook Street, Colchester during 2016.The Commissioner’s decision is that the exception at regulation 12(4)(e) (internal communications) is engaged in this case. However, the balance of the public interest favours disclosure of the information. The Commissioner requires the Council…

FS50725867

The complainant has requested information relating to the decision not to extend a petroleum exploration licence granted to Xcite Energy Resources for Bentley Field and to subsequently grant a 4 year licence extension for the same field to Whalsay Energy Limited a company owned by the holders of the bonds in Xcite Energy Resources. The…

FS50777656

The complainant submitted a request to the Cabinet Office for a report generated as a result of a lessons learned exercise into the ‘Exemplar Programme’, a project concerning the transformation of digital services. The Cabinet Office located a PowerPoint presentation as falling within the scope of this request and initially withheld it on the basis…

FER0731676

The complainant requested information from South Northamptonshire Council (the Council) relating to planning application for a wind turbine and the court proceedings which resulted from that application. The Council provided some information within the scope of the request but refused to provide the remainder citing regulations 12(4)(e) (internal communications) and 12(5)(b) (the course of justice)…

FS50708163

The complainant has requested information on a review into the funding of Islamist extremism in the UK. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Cabinet Office has appropriately relied on section 23 FOIA (Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters) to withhold the requested information. She however finds the public authority in…

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…