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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50202112
  • Date: 17 February 2010
  • Public Authority: Home Office
  • Summary: The complainant requested a copy of a project licence or licences, involving certain, specified, animal experimentation. This was refused under section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act as the disclosure is prevented under another enactment, section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA). A previous case, for similar project licences, was also refused under section 44 of the Act, and that refusal was upheld by the Court of Appeal, and the Commissioner has therefore decided that the information in this case was correctly withheld by reference to section 44. The Home Office did, however, breach sections 10(1) and 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act.
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