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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50156313
  • Date: 1 July 2009
  • Public Authority: Department for Transport
  • Summary: The complainant requested information in relation to the public authority’s investigation of a number of air incidents. The public authority identified 4 documents which it considered were captured by the complainant’s request. It however withheld these documents by virtue of the exemptions contained in sections 41, 44(1)(a), and 31(1)(g) and by extension section 31(2)(e) of the Act. The Commissioner finds that three of the documents were correctly withheld under sections 41 and 44. He has however ordered the disclosure of the remaining document as it was incorrectly withheld under 31(1)(g). He also finds the public authority in breach of sections 1(1)(b), 10(1) for failing to disclose at the time of the request, the document he has ordered to be disclosed, and 17(1) (a), (b), and (c) for the late application of the exemption at section 31(1)(g). This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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