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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50177962
  • Date: 5 March 2009
  • Public Authority: Cabinet Office
  • Summary: The complainant asked the Cabinet Office for information relating to ‘the drawing up of a list of extremist websites, bookshops, centres, networks and particular organisations of concern as described by the Prime Minister in early August 2005’. The Cabinet Office gave the complainant a website address where the Prime Minister described the work referred to in the request, but stated that it neither confirmed nor denied holding any further information, referring to section 23(5) and section 24(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’). In its internal review decision it stated that it was now confirming that it held the requested information but was withholding it, some by virtue of section 23(1) and the remainder by section 24(1). During the Commissioner’s investigation the Cabinet Office confirmed that the reference to section 24(1) had been a mistake. The Commissioner decided that the information had been appropriately withheld by reference to section 23(1).
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