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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50248664
  • Date: 9 November 2009
  • Public Authority: NHS Information Centre
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from an entry on the national register that was established under the National Registration Act 1939. Specifically he asked for information relating to a particular address, and the records of the people listed there. The public authority confirmed that it held information relevant to the request, but withheld it under sections 22, 40 and 41. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation the public authority informed him that it was no longer relying upon sections 22 and 41, and was only relying upon sections 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i). It also informed him that some of the withheld information related to deceased people. After investigating the case the Commissioner decided that the information relating to deceased people should be disclosed to the complainant. However, he also decided that the information relating to living individuals should be withheld under sections 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i). The Commissioner also found that the NHSIC failed to meet the requirements of sections 1(1)(b), 10(1) and 17(1)(b). This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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