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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50229756
  • Date: 17 September 2009
  • Public Authority: Export Credits Guarantee Department
  • Summary: The complainant, on behalf of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), asked the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) for a blank copy of the form, including any annexes, which BAE Systems (BAES) had used to apply for export credit cover for the sale of the Eurofighter to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ECGD had initially relied on the section 41 and 43 exemptions but later relied on the section 27 and 43 exemptions. The Commissioner decided that ECGD had applied the section 27(1) and 27(2) exemptions correctly in accordance with the requirements of the Act. He also decided that ECGD had breached section 17(1) and 17(2) of the Act and that the information withheld solely in reliance on the section 43(2) exemption did not engage that exemption. He has therefore ordered release of that information.
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