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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50131073
  • Date: 15 December 2006
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Defence
  • Summary: The complainant requested information concerning submissions made to the Scott Inquiry. The public authority stated that it was not possible to confirm or deny whether information relevant to the request was held without exceeding the relevant cost limit of £600 and therefore that section 12 provides that it is not obliged to do so. The public authority carried out a search limited to the areas of its records which it felt were most likely to contain information relevant to the request. However, the public authority was not able to locate any information falling within the scope of the request. The Commissioner accepts that in this case to confirm or deny whether the public authority holds information of the description outlined in the request would in itself exceed the appropriate limit. Therefore the Commissioner’s decision is that the public authority has complied with its obligations under section 1(1) of the Act. No further steps on the part of the public authority are required.
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