FS50130319

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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50130319
  • Date: 31 March 2010
  • Public Authority: Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Summary: The complainant asked for information relating to contact between the public authority and The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness’ representatives. The public authority refused to disclose the information requested by the complainant citing sections 37(1)(a), 40(2) and 41(1) of the Act. The Commissioner has considered this case and has concluded that the complainant’s request clearly includes copies of correspondence between the public authority and The Prince of Wales and his representatives – a point which was in dispute. However, in his request for an internal review the complainant clarified that he was not seeking the actual correspondence between the public authority and The Prince of Wales. Therefore the Commissioner has not considered whether copies of this correspondence should be disclosed. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, the public authority informed him that it was willing to disclose to the complainant some of the information it had withheld. The Commissioner therefore requires this information to be disclosed to the complainant. The Commissioner has concluded that the remaining information is exempt from disclosure on the basis of section 41(1) of the Act. Where such information constitutes environmental information as defined by the Environmental Information Regulations, the Commissioner is satisfied that such information is exempt from disclosure on the basis of the exception contained at regulation 12(5)(f).
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