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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50232320
  • Date: 18 March 2010
  • Public Authority: Cornwall County Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from the Council regarding its investigation into Ambient Pressure Diving Ltd. The Council refused to disclose the information on the basis that it was exempt under section 30 of the Act. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation, some information was disclosed, and the Council also sought to rely on the exemptions contained at sections 43 and 44 of the Act to withhold the remaining information. The Council cited section 237 of the Enterprise Act 2002 as the relevant statutory bar on disclosure. The Commissioner found that the withheld information was exempt under section 44 of the Act. As section 44 is an ‘absolute’ exemption, there was no requirement to determine whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosure.
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