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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50089138
  • Date: 23 March 2009
  • Public Authority: Home Office
  • Summary: The complainant sought access to information held by the public authority regarding the provisions of Indian nationality law as it applied to minors of Indian origin. Information dated between 1 January 2005 and 6 June 2005 was sought. The public authority withheld the information, citing the exemption provided by section 35(1)(a) (formulation and development of government policy). The Commissioner is satisfied that the exemption is engaged and concludes that the public interest favours the maintenance of the exemption. However, the Commissioner also finds that the public authority failed to comply with the procedural requirements of the Act in that it did not issue a valid refusal notice within 20 working days of receipt of the request.
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