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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: fs50102437
  • Date: 17 October 2006
  • Public Authority: National Archives
  • Summary: The complainant originally made the following request: "I would wish to apply under freedom of information for any information in the areas and on the grounds as set out in the attached letter to Buckingham Palace held by the National archives in relation to the Princess Margaret Townsend affair, and or any illegitimate child born on or about 05/01/55 to Princess Margaret." He subsequently made 637 requests "on the grounds previously stated" to individual closed documents displayed in the National Archives’ (TNA) on-line catalogue and for the descriptions of documents where the file titles were not publicly available. The Commissioner considered representations from both parties and has decided that TNA has correctly applied sections 12 and 14 of the Act with regard to the cost limit and repeated requests. The Information Tribunal has ruled on this decision and has upheld this appeal.
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