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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50204654
  • Date: 29 March 2010
  • Public Authority: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Summary: The complainant wrote to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to request information regarding the decision to allow veterans to wear for a limited period the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. The public authority refused to disclose the information it held under the exemptions in section 35(1)(a) (Formulation and development of government policy); section 37(1)(a) (Communications with Her Majesty etc.) and section 37(1)(b) (Conferring of any Honour or dignity). The Commissioner considered the complaint and found that section 37(1)(a) applied to all of the requested information and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosure. However, the Commissioner found that in its handling of the request the public authority breached section 17(1) (Refusal of a request) and section 10(1) (Time for compliance). The Commissioner requires no steps to be taken.
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