The complainant has requested information transferred to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), part of the Department for Communities. The Commissioner’s decision is that the FOIA does not provide for a public authority to deal with requests for transferred public records in the absence of the appropriate Northern Ireland Minister. This means that the public authority cannot issue a valid response to the request in this case. Therefore, although the Commissioner finds that the public authority has not responded in compliance with the FOIA, she cannot require the public authority to take any remedial steps.
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