The complainant, on behalf of the BBC, has requested inspection reports associated with Toddbrook Reservoir in Derbyshire. The Canal & River Trust (CRT) released the reports, having redacted some of the information in them under regulation 12(5)(a) (international relations, defence, national security or public safety) and regulation 13(1)(personal data). CRT considers the public interest favours maintaining these exceptions. The complainant disputes CRT’s reliance on regulation 12(5)(a) to withhold information falling within the scope of her request. The Commissioner’s decision is as follows: CRT is entitled to rely on regulation 12(5)(a) of the EIR to withhold some of the information the complainant has requested, and the balance of the public interest favours maintaining this exception. The Commissioner does not require CRT to take any remedial steps.
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