The complainant has requested information relating to four hunts, including internal correspondence, license information and copies of correspondence between the public authority and representatives of the aforementioned hunts. The Forestry Commission refused to provide the information, citing regulation 12(4)(b) of the EIR (manifestly unreasonable request). The Commissioner’s decision is that the Forestry Commission has failed to demonstrate on what grounds regulation 12(4)(b) is engaged and therefore is not entitled to rely on the exemption. The Commissioner requires the Forestry Commission to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation: Issue a fresh response to the requests in question which do not rely upon 12(4)(b) of the EIR.
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