The complainant submitted a request to the Cabinet Office for a report generated as a result of a lessons learned exercise into the ‘Exemplar Programme’, a project concerning the transformation of digital services. The Cabinet Office located a PowerPoint presentation as falling within the scope of this request and initially withheld it on the basis of section 35(1)(a) (formulation and development of government policy). In a previous decision notice the Commissioner concluded that the information was exempt on the basis of section 35(1)(a) but that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in disclosing the PowerPoint presentation outweighed the public interest in maintaining the exemption. The Cabinet Office subsequently disclosed the presentation to the complainant. However, the complainant contacted the Commissioner and argued that the Cabinet Office was likely to hold further information falling within the scope of his request and this had not been provided to him. The Commissioner has concluded that on the balance of probabilities the Cabinet Office does not hold any further information falling within the scope of this request beyond the PowerPoint presentation which has previously been disclosed to the complainant.
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