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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50066295
  • Date: 15 February 2006
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested a copy of the minutes from the BBC's Board of Governors meeting held on 28 and 29 January 2004. The BBC refused to disclose this information requested, citing the exemption provided by section 36 (2) (b) (ii) (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs). The Commissioner confirmed that the requirement under this section of the Act that the decision be made by the appropriate qualified person exercising a reasonable opinion was properly carried out. The Commissioner also agreed that section 36 (2) (b) (ii) had been correctly applied to the information sought. While acknowledging the public interest argument in favour of disclosure the Commissioner decided that, given the particular circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosure.
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