The complainant has requested information on the cost of advertisements during the World Economic Forum at Davos. The Commissioner’s decision is that Department for International Trade (“DIT”) is not entitled to rely on section 41(1)(a) FOIA (Information provided in confidence) but is entitled to rely on the exemption at section 43(2 FOIA (Commercial interests). In failing to specify all the exemptions on which it later relied, at the time of its responses to the complainant, DIT breached section 17(1)(b) of the FOIA. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps to ensure compliance with the legislation.

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