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- Case Ref: FS50082257
- Date: 21 March 2006
- Public Authority: Department for International Development
- Summary: The complainant requested copies of all minutes and notes of all meetings between the DFID and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) held since 1997. DFID responded by claiming that to comply with this request would exceed the appropriate cost limit and asked that the complainant refine his requests, suggesting minutes and notes of meetings involving the topics of Health and Education. The complainant agreed to this, but after an investigation by the Commissioner it became clear that to do so would exceed the appropriate limit. It is the Commissioner's decision that DFID's suggestion set out in section 16 of the Act. A public authority cannot be judged to have provided advice and assistance if it suggests to a complainant that they refine their request and subsequently claim that to comply with this refined request would exceed the appropriate limit.
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- Section of Act / Finding: FOI 16 - Complaint Upheld - Find other matching decisions