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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50101391
  • Date: 11 December 2006
  • Public Authority: National Archives
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from the National Archives relating to the 1911 census schedule. The National Archives withheld the requested information, relying on the exemption under section 41 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). In this case, the Commissioner’s decision is that the National Archives wrongly claimed section 41 in relation to the requested information and he therefore upholds the complaint. The Commissioner requires the National Archives to disclose the requested information to the complainant. The Commissioner stresses that that this Decision must be confined to the circumstances relating to the information requested in this case. This is not - and cannot be - a decision that the entirety of the 1911 census must now be disclosed. Nor does it create any precedent in the sense that all other requests for specific information within the 1911 or other census schedules must succeed. This Decision concludes with more general guidance about situations where section 41 of the Act may apply in this context. Each request for 1911 census information will need to be treated separately on its merits.
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