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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50119364
  • Date: 31 July 2007
  • Public Authority: National Archives
  • Summary: The National Archives refused to allow the complainant access to the closed parts of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office file relating to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). The Commissioner decided that section 27 is engaged and that the balance of the public interest favours withholding the information sought (much having already been released). He therefore decided that, in refusing this request, The National Archives had dealt with it in accordance with part I of the Freedom of Information Act. In reaching this decision he followed his decision in an earlier, closely related case (ICO reference FS50111530). This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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