FER0185237

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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FER0185237
  • Date: 17 December 2009
  • Public Authority: Cabinet Office
  • Summary: The complainant asked the Cabinet Office for copies of any letters or other communications sent by the Prime Minister to The Prince of Wales which referred to genetic modification. The Cabinet Office refused to confirm or deny whether it held any information falling within the scope of the request by citing the exemptions contained at sections 37(2) (communications with the Royal Household) and section 40(5) (personal data) of the Act. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation the Cabinet Office also cited the exception contained at regulation 13(5) (personal data) of the EIR as a further basis to refuse to confirm or deny whether it held any information. The Commissioner has concluded that the request should be dealt with under the EIR and that the Cabinet Office was entitled to rely on regulation 13(5) to refuse to confirm or deny whether it held any information falling within the scope of this request.
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