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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50074781
  • Date: 8 November 2005
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Defence
  • Summary: The complainant requested the logbooks of an ex-serviceman. There were two aspects to the complaint. Firstly, the complainant felt that the initial response by the MoD was ambiguous and did not comply with the duty to confirm or deny. The MoD confirmed both to the complainant and the Commissioner that the intention of their statement was to communicate a denial that the information was held. With regard to this aspect of the complaint, the Commissioner was satisfied that the MoD did comply with the Act. The second aspect to the complaint related to the veracity of the MoD's denial that the information was held. The MoD explained why the information was not held and the Commissioner was satisfied with the steps taken by the MoD to ascertain whether the information was held. The Decision Notice found that the MoD was not in breach of Section 1.
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