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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50078522
  • Date: 14 March 2007
  • Public Authority: BBC
  • Summary: The complainant requested information about appointments made to the public authority’s South West Regional Advisory Council. The public authority withheld information about the ethnic origin of members of the council and about how the decision to appoint to the Council was made. The complainant also believed that information had been withheld about the criteria used when making appointments to this Council. The Commissioner finds that information about the ethnic origin of Council members and notes about each applicant made during the appointment process has been withheld correctly under section 40(2) of the Act. The Commissioner also finds that the public authority failed in its duty to confirm or deny the existence of all information held by it that falls within the scope of the request. As remedial steps have since been taken, the public authority is not required to take further action.
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