The complainant has requested the materials provided to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) by the European Research Group (ERG) in relation to the 2015-2016 Assurance Review of Pooled Services (updated in June 2017) undertaken by IPSA. IPSA originally withheld the information under section 43(2) – prejudice to commercial interests. However during the internal review of its handling of the request, IPSA withdrew its reliance on section 43(2) and instead withheld the information under section 36(2)(c) – prejudice to the conduct of public affairs. The Commissioner’s decision is that IPSA is entitled to rely on section 36(2)(c) to withhold the information. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps in respect of this matter.
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