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EIR 12(4)(b) exception - manifestly unreasonable
|* The word “manifestly” means that a request should be obviously or clearly unreasonable. There should be no doubt as to whether the request was unreasonable. Volume and complexity alone may not be sufficient to make a request manifestly unreasonable. The fact that a request would be considered vexatious or repeated under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “FOIA”) does not, in itself, make a request made under the EIR manifestly unreasonable.
|(Source: ICO guidance).|
- See main article: vexatious requests - the ICO recommends reading their Awareness Guidance 22 document.
- Defra suggest that the £450 / £600 limit should be used as a guideline, and that advice & assistance be given to the requester to amend or refine their request so that it comes within the appropriate limit. 
What the law says
- (4) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a public authority may refuse to disclose information to the extent that—
- (b) the request for information is manifestly unreasonable;
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Includes DNs up to: 26 April 2010
|12(3) 12(4)(a) 12(4)(b) 12(4)(c) 12(4)(d) 12(4)(e) 12(5)(a) 12(5)(b) 12(5)(c) 12(5)(d) 12(5)(e) 12(5)(f) 12(5)(g)|