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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50156552
  • Date: 20 August 2009
  • Public Authority: Thames Valley Police
  • Summary: The complainant made a request to Thames Valley Police for information in relation to the transport of munitions between RAF Welford and RAF Fairford during the period of military operations against Iraq in February – May 2003. Thames Valley Police refused the request, citing the exemptions at sections 24 (national security), 31 (law enforcement), 38 (health and safety) and 40 (personal data). During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, Thames Valley Police released some information to the complainant and confirmed it was citing the exemptions at sections 24, 31 and 38 in relation to the remainder of the withheld information. The Commissioner has investigated and found that the exemptions at sections 31 and 38 are engaged in respect of all but one element of the information. He orders that this information is disclosed. However, in relation to the remainder of the withheld information he finds the the public interest in maintaining the exemptions outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The Commissioner also identified a series of procedural shortcomings on the part of the public authority relating to delay (sections 1 and 10) and failure to specify appropriately the exemptions cited and the reason they applied (section 17).
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