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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50141014
  • Date: 18 November 2009
  • Public Authority: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Summary: The complainant asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“the FCO”) for information concerning the Charity Crescent Relief (London). The FCO refused to disclose the requested information, initially citing the exemptions at sections 27 and 31 of the Act. The FCO also neither confirmed nor denied that it held any additional information citing sections 23 and 24 of the Act. The FCO dropped reliance on section 27 during the Commissioner’s investigation. The Commissioner found that the exemptions were engaged and that the public interest in maintaining the exemptions outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information. The Commissioner therefore found that FCO had acted correctly in withholding the information.
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