The complainant requested information from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) relating to the total costs to date of external counsel in a specified court case. The CPS initially denied holding any information within the scope of the request. During the Commissioner’s investigation, it located and disclosed some relevant information to the complainant. The Commissioner’s decision is that, on the balance of probabilities, the CPS did not hold any further information within the scope of the request and it therefore complied with the duty set out at section 1(1) (general right of access) of FOIA. The Commissioner did, however, find a procedural breach of section 10 (time for compliance) of the FOIA. The Commissioner requires no steps to be taken as a result of this decision.
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