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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50120905
  • Date: 27 July 2009
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Justice
  • Summary: The complaint requested information which the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) held about the handling of a previous information request by another government department which had been referred to the MoJ for advice. The MoJ refused to disclose this information to the complainant under section 36 ‘prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs’. The Commissioner has investigated and found that for the majority of the withheld information section 36(2) (b) is engaged and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the information. However, he found that section 36(2)(b) was not engaged in relation to correspondence between DCMS and the complainant and the MoJ and the complainant.
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