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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50164497
  • Date: 19 October 2009
  • Public Authority: Home Office
  • Summary: The complainant requested information regarding a breeding and supply centre based in Vietnam that supplied non-human primates to the UK for use in experiments and other scientific procedures. The Home Office refused to disclose the information on the basis that the exemptions at sections 38, 40, 41 and 44 of the Act were engaged. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, some information was disclosed. The Home Office argued that some of the remaining information was outside of the scope of the original request and the Commissioner agreed with this view. The Commissioner found that the remaining information was exempt under section 44 of the Act. As section 44 is an ‘absolute’ exemption, there was no requirement to determine whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosure. As the Commissioner is satisfied that the withheld information is exempt, he does not require the Home Office to take any further steps in relation to this request.
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