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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50089779
  • Date: 25 June 2007
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Defence
  • Summary: The complainant, an employee of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), sought information from MOD relating to an Assessment and Development Centre he had attended to help determine suitability for promotion. Although a substantial amount of information was released to the complainant, MOD withheld some information under section 36 of the Act on the grounds that release of it would, or would be likely to, prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. The Commissioner took the view that the opinion of the qualified person that the information should be withheld was a reasonable one and that the public interest operated in favour of the maintenance of the exemption. He did, however, criticise MOD for some aspects of its handling of the request. An appeal was made to the Information Tribunal, but the appeal was dismissed.
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