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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50121803
  • Date: 14 April 2009
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Justice
  • Summary: The complainant requested prison-related information regarding Myra Hindley, Fred West, Harold Shipman and Reggie Kray. The public authority refused to supply the information, applying section 22 of the Act (information intended for future publication). It subsequently refused to release the information through the application of section 12 of the Act (cost limit). The Commissioner decided that section 22 could not be applied to any of the requested information or section 12 to the request. However, following intervention from the Commissioner the public authority applied several other exemptions to withhold some of the requested material. Each was applied to specific categories of information contained therein: section 31 (law enforcement), section 32 (court records), section 38 (health and safety), section 40 (personal information), section 41 (information provided in confidence), section 42 (legal professional privilege). The Commissioner upholds this decision and therefore requires that in respect of the public authority’s revised position, the information not withheld under these exemptions is disclosed to the complainant. However, the Commissioner has also found there to have been several procedural breaches of the Act in the public authority’s handling of the complainant’s request, specifically section 1(1)(b) (duty to communicate information), section 10(1) (time for compliance with request), section 17(1) (refusal of request) and section 17(7) (procedure for dealing with complaints and right of appeal).
  • View PDF of Decision Notice: [1]