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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50205237
  • Date: 9 September 2009
  • Public Authority: Civil Aviation Authority
  • Summary: The complainant made a request to the Civil Aviation Authority (the “CAA”) for “…copies of CAA/SRG Annual Reports on Rescue and Fire Service at [named airport] from 2001 to March 2008”. The CAA applied the exemption contained at section 31(1)(g) in conjunction with section 31(2)(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act”). The CAA also applied the exemption contained at section 44 of the Act to withhold the information. The CAA cited section 23 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 as the relevant statutory bar on disclosure. Upon considering the case the Commissioner considers that the CAA correctly engaged the section 44 exemption and therefore did not consider the CAA’s application of section 31 any further. The Commissioner does however consider that the CAA breached section 17(1)(a), (b) and (c) in its handling of the complainant’s request. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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