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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50190780
  • Date: 2 June 2009
  • Public Authority: National Portrait Gallery
  • Summary: The complainant made a request to the National Portrait Gallery for information it held in respect of proposed commissioned portraits of Tony Blair and General Sir Mike Jackson. The National Portrait Gallery responded to the request by disclosing a quantity of information relating to the Sir Mike Jackson commission. Additional information was withheld under the exemptions in section 36 (Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) and section 40(2) (Personal information) of the Act. The Commissioner has considered the complaint and has found that section 36(2)(c) applies to all of the information withheld from the complainant and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. Therefore the Commissioner did not consider the National Portrait Gallery’s application of section 40(2). The Commissioner requires no steps to be taken.
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