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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50123984
  • Date: 21 May 2009
  • Public Authority: Export Credits Guarantee Department
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) relating to allegations made against a British company and its work in the Philippines. ECGD refused to disclose the requested information in reliance on sections 31 and 36 of the Act. The Commissioner finds that the exemptions are engaged, but that the public interest lay in disclosing some of the information rather than maintaining the exemptions. The Commissioner therefore requires ECGD to release some of the withheld information to the complainant. The Commissioner finds that ECGD breached section 1(1)(b) and section 10(1) in that it failed to provide this information to the complainant in response to his request. The Commissioner also finds that ECGD’s refusal notice breached the requirements of section 17(1)(b) and (c) in that it failed to provide a refusal notice within the statutory time limit which specified the exemptions relied upon.
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