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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50203092
  • Date: 13 October 2009
  • Public Authority: Cabinet Office
  • Summary: The complainant requested information in relation to the periodic meetings held between the Prime Minister and the Multinational Chairmen’s Group. The public authority withheld the information held by virtue of the exemption at section 35(1)(a) of the Act (Formulation and Development of Government Policy), and concluded that the public interest was in favour of maintaining the exemption. After considering the case, the Commissioner finds that the public authority correctly applied 35(1)(a) to the information held. He decided that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption did not outweigh the public interest in disclosure. The Commissioner therefore finds the public authority in breach of sections 1(1)(b) (Access to Information held by public authorities) and 10(1) (Time for Compliance with Request) for failing to disclose the withheld information at the time of the request.
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