IC-48291-P1V4

The complainant requested information about a tendering process from Harlow Council (“the Council”). The Council provided some information outside the FOIA, which has not been considered in this notice. It provided other information under the FOIA, but made redactions under section 40(2) of the FOIA – third party personal data, section 41(1) of the FOIA…

IC-39590-V3P5

The complainant requested information from the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) regarding alleged attempts to introduce measures under the emergency powers of the Coronavirus Bill, concerning abortions at home. The DHSC responded and refused to comply with the request as it did not consider it as a valid FOI request. The Commissioner’s decision…

IC-39236-X0D0

The complainant has requested from Elmbridge Borough Council information in relation to legal advice that the Council received from external counsel. The Council confirmed that it held the information requested, however, it decided to withhold it citing regulation 12(5)(b) of the EIR. The Council stated that the withheld information was covered by Legal Professional Privilege…

IC-44728-V9G1

The complainant requested information about correspondence between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and two external organisations, between February and April 2020, relating to the Covid-19 outbreak. By the date of this notice DCMS had not issued a substantive response to the request. The Commissioner’s decision is that the DCMS has failed…

IC-54279-B9W9

The complainant has requested information about Ofcom’s assessment of a complaint about the BBC that he had submitted to it. Ofcom’s position is that it does not hold the information the complainant is seeking. The Commissioner’s decision is as follows: On the balance of probabilities Ofcom does not hold the requested information and has complied…

IC-38002-N1S4

The complainant has requested information about an alleged investigation from the Metropolitan Police Service (the “MPS”). The MPS would neither confirm nor deny holding any information, citing the exemptions at sections 30(3) (Investigations and proceedings) and 40(5) (Personal information) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the MPS was entitled to rely on section…

IC-45813-Q1C1

The complainant has requested information associated with a report they had produced for Historic England (‘HE’). They subsequently withdrew two parts of the request. HE categorised the remaining two parts of the request as manifestly unreasonable under regulation 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). It refused to comply with these parts. The Commissioner’s decision…

IC-38103-W4T8

The complainant has requested information on staff dismissals from the University of Exeter (‘the University’). The University released some information within the scope of the complainant’s request and has withheld some under section 40(2) of the FOIA as it considers this information is the personal data of third persons. The Commissioner’s decision is as follows:…

IC-46716-Q5V6

The complainant requested information from the General Optical Council (“the GOC”) for a copy of its Register of Interests for the GOC council members. The Commissioner’s decision is that the GOC has breached section 10(1) of the FOIA in that it failed to provide a valid response to the request within the statutory time frame…

IC-46429-T6S6

The complainant requested information from Highways England Company Limited (“Highways England”) about the Asset Support Contract, pre April 2019 the requirements for the contractor to follow are set out in Annexe 23 of the ASC contract. The Commissioner’s decision is that Highways England has breached section 10(1) of the FOIA in that it failed to…