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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50155412
  • Date: 19 February 2008
  • Public Authority: London Borough of Southwark
  • Summary: The complainant requested information on the commission payments made by investment managers on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark (“the Council”). The Council supplied details of how to obtain the names of its investment managers however claimed that the remainder of the information was exempt on the basis that the exemptions in section 43 and section 41 applied. The Commissioner's decision is that the exemption in section 43(2) (commercial interests) was engaged by the information however the public interest in disclosing the majority of the information overrides the public interest in maintaining the exemption. The Commissioner has also decided that the information requested does not constitute a trade secret and therefore section 43(1) does not apply. He also decided that the exemption in section 41 (information provided in confidence) was partially applicable, however the public interest defence inherent in the common law of confidence also meant that a disclosure of the majority of the information would not be actionable in law. The exemption was not therefore engaged by this information. The Commissioner’s decision in this case is that the information should be disclosed to the complainant, with minor redactions.
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