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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0132239
  • Date: 8 December 2009
  • Public Authority: Cabinet Office
  • Summary: The complainant asked the Cabinet Office for information about the Government’s 2005-2006 Energy Review, including the ‘first cut of the review’, any briefing received by the public authority before a conference of the Confederation of British Industry, and ‘full details’ of a meeting with the Energy Review Team. The Cabinet Office responded that some of the information was already in the public domain; the remainder was withheld under regulation 12(4)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and/or section 35(1)(a) and (b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’). Some further information comprising names of those involved in the Review was released after the complainant made a renewed request some time later. The Commissioner decided that all of the withheld information was environmental information, and that some of it was not correctly withheld under regulation 12(4)(e) of the EIR. The Commissioner required the Cabinet Office to disclose the information which had been incorrectly withheld. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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