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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50143102
  • Date: 22 March 2010
  • Public Authority: HM Treasury
  • Summary: The complainant requested information about the sale of part of the UK Gold reserve announced in May 1999, by HM Treasury. HM Treasury applied exemptions at section 27 (1) (a), 29 (1) (b) and section 35 (1) (a) to the withheld information. The Commissioner considers that most of the information requested is exempt by virtue of section 29 (1) (b). The Commissioner has however identified a small portion of the withheld information which he does not consider to be exempt and accordingly finds HM Treasury in breach of section 1(1)(b) and section 10 (1) of the Act for not providing it within the statutory timescales. The Commissioner has detailed that information in an Annex to this decision notice to be served only on HM Treasury.
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