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Islington Council (Decision Notice) FS50437482: ICO 13 Aug 2012

The complainant requested information from the London Borough of Islington (the council) relating to charges to residents of flats. The council refused to respond to the requests because it considered that they were vexatious under section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the FOIA), the exclusion relating to vexatious requests. The Commissioner’s decision … Continue reading Islington Council (Decision Notice) FS50437482: ICO 13 Aug 2012

Department for Culture Media and Sport (Decision Notice) FS50085374: ICO 30 Aug 2007

The complainant asked the public authority for information about meetings with the Chairman of the BBC and related expenses. The public authority referred part of the request to the BBC and stated that it did not have the information covered by the remainder. On review it identified an email which it held but refused disclosure … Continue reading Department for Culture Media and Sport (Decision Notice) FS50085374: ICO 30 Aug 2007

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50633751: ICO 4 Aug 2016

ICO The complainant has requested the attachments beginning with ‘7DS’ to emails provided in response to a separate FOIA request. NHS England has failed to respond to this request for information. The Commissioner considers that NHS England breached section 10(1) FOIA in the handling of this request. The Commissioner requires the public authority to provide … Continue reading NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50633751: ICO 4 Aug 2016

Department of Health (Central Government) FS50603751: ICO 25 Jul 2016

ICO The complainant has requested information relating to any meetings between the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and Jeremy Hunt or senior civil servants about the report on doctors pay. The Department of Health identified a number of diary entries, narrative information and three notes of meetings which were relevant to the … Continue reading Department of Health (Central Government) FS50603751: ICO 25 Jul 2016

Department of Health (Central Government) FS50596375: ICO 10 Mar 2016

ICO The complainant made a request to the Department of Health (DoH) for information relating to financial figures on the role of technology in driving efficiency savings in the NHS, as discussed at the National Information Board meeting on June 17, 2015. The DoH refused to provide the information it held within the scope of … Continue reading Department of Health (Central Government) FS50596375: ICO 10 Mar 2016

Warwickshire County Council (Decision Notice) FS50371802: ICO 31 May 2011

The complainant asked the public authority to provide information relating to her pension statement and the dates it reached Warwickshire County Council and herself. The public authority did not respond to this request as it was relying on a previous refusal notice citing the exclusion at section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, … Continue reading Warwickshire County Council (Decision Notice) FS50371802: ICO 31 May 2011

Commiissioner of Police for The Metropolis v The Information Commissioner, Donnie Mackenzie: UTAA 22 Oct 2014

Information Rights : Freedom of Information – Exceptions – Mr Mackenzie made a three-part request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) to the Metropolitan Police for data about joint agency operations which included surveillance. The Metropolitan Police took the view that responding to the request would exceed the section 12 cost limit. Mr … Continue reading Commiissioner of Police for The Metropolis v The Information Commissioner, Donnie Mackenzie: UTAA 22 Oct 2014

Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149375: ICO 22 Dec 2008

ICO The complainant made a request to the Department of Health (the ‘DoH’) for copies of the minutes of the ‘Adverse Reactions Committee’ from the period January 1986 to December 1992. The DoH provided a redacted copy of these minutes and informed the complainant that information had been withheld under sections 40 and 43. At … Continue reading Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149375: ICO 22 Dec 2008

Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149373: ICO 22 Dec 2008

ICO The complainant made a request to the Department of Health (the ‘DoH’) for copies of the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation from the period January 1986 to December 1992. The DoH provided a redacted copy of these minutes and informed the complainant that information had been withheld under sections 40 … Continue reading Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149373: ICO 22 Dec 2008

Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149374: ICO 22 Dec 2008

ICO The complainant made a request to the Department of Health (the ‘DoH’) for copies of the minutes of the ‘MMR sub-committee’ from the period January 1986 to December 1992. The DoH provided a redacted copy of these minutes and informed the complainant that information had been withheld under sections 40 and 43. At the … Continue reading Department of Health (Decision Notice) FS50149374: ICO 22 Dec 2008

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (Decision Notice) FS50373036: ICO 22 Aug 2011

The complainant requested, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’), information from the MHRA about its procedures in set circumstances. The MHRA provided some information and explained that it did not hold further information. The complainant asked for an internal review and the MHRA upheld its position. The case was referred to the … Continue reading Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (Decision Notice) FS50373036: ICO 22 Aug 2011

Department for Work and Pensions (Decision Notice) FS50511375: ICO 7 Jan 2014

The complainant has requested telephone numbers for all DWP Contact Centres in England and Benefit centre for Worcester and Wolverhampton Jobcentre Plus Direct Line numbers. The DWP refused to provide the requested information under section 36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The Commissioner’s decision is that the DWP has correctly applied section … Continue reading Department for Work and Pensions (Decision Notice) FS50511375: ICO 7 Jan 2014

Cross v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 7 Jan 2016

Dismissed s.41 Absolute exemption: Confidential information s.23 Absolute exemption: Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters s.37(1)(a) to (ad) Absolute exemption: Communications with the Sovereign, Heir to Throne and next in line s.40 Absolute exemption: Personal data s.41 Information provided in confidence s.35(1)(c) Qualified exemption: Advice by Law Officers s.37(1) Qualified … Continue reading Cross v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 7 Jan 2016

Office of Government Commerce v Information Commissioner and Another: Admn 11 Apr 2008

The Office appealed against decisions ordering it to release information about the gateway reviews for the proposed identity card system, claiming a qualified exemption from disclosure under the 2000 Act. Held: The decision was set aside for breaching the rule against impugning an action of Parliament. The minister had made a statement as to the … Continue reading Office of Government Commerce v Information Commissioner and Another: Admn 11 Apr 2008

The Rugby Football Union v Consolidated Information Services Ltd: SC 21 Nov 2012

The Union challenged the right of the respondent to resell tickets to international rugby matches. The tickets were subject to a condition rendering it void on any resale at above face value. They said that the respondent had advertised tickets in breach of this condition. The Court considered whether it was appropriate to protect the … Continue reading The Rugby Football Union v Consolidated Information Services Ltd: SC 21 Nov 2012

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Ranger v The House of Lords Appointments Commission: QBD 20 Jan 2015

The claimant, a succesful businessman and benefitor of charity, had twice applied unsuccessfully to be appointed to the House of Lords. He now sought disclosure of two letters submitted by third parties apparently opposing his appointment. He was content that they be anonymised. Held: The applications came under the exemption from disclosure in relation to … Continue reading Ranger v The House of Lords Appointments Commission: QBD 20 Jan 2015

Common Council of The City of London (Decision Notice): ICO 6 Dec 2011

The complainant requested information relating to the Hampstead Heath Constabulary and the Epping Forest Keepers. The Common Council of the City of London responded that the information requested was not covered by the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist however, it provided some information that it considered was relevant. … Continue reading Common Council of The City of London (Decision Notice): ICO 6 Dec 2011

Newport City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Oct 2011

The complainant made a request for information held by Newport City Council relating to various projects and initiatives. The Council stated that to comply with the request would exceed the appropriate cost limit and refused the request on the basis that section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was engaged. During the course … Continue reading Newport City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Oct 2011

Islington Council (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Sep 2012

The complainant requested information from the London Borough of Islington (the council) relating to major works, external repairs 2010-2011 to a named block of flats in Islington. The council refused to respond to the request because it considered that it was vexatious under section 14(1) and section 14(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 … Continue reading Islington Council (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Sep 2012

Royal Surrey County Hospital (Decision Notice): ICO 20 Dec 2006

ICO Initially the complainant made a request to the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) under the Access to Health Records Act 1990 (AHRA) for information relating to her late husband’s treatment whilst he was a patient in the hospital. She then made a separate request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for four particular … Continue reading Royal Surrey County Hospital (Decision Notice): ICO 20 Dec 2006

In Re R (Wardship: Restrictions on Publication): CA 1994

The parents had separated and the child made a ward of court. The mother had care and control and the father had access. The father abducted the child to Israel but she was recovered. The father was extradited to stand trial here. He sought publicity for his views upon the treatment of fathers by the … Continue reading In Re R (Wardship: Restrictions on Publication): CA 1994

East Hertfordshire District Council (Decision Notice): ICO 15 Nov 2011

The complainant asked the council to provide copies of any application forms or questionnaires that had been submitted by candidates for the East Hertfordshire Independent Remuneration Panel since April 2010, redacted as appropriate. The council initially refused to provide any of the information on the basis that it was exempt under section 40(2) of the … Continue reading East Hertfordshire District Council (Decision Notice): ICO 15 Nov 2011

Walsall NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Dec 2007

The complainant initially made a request to view the medical records of a deceased person. This request was dealt with under the Access to Health Records Act 1990 and the public authority refused to provide the information. The complainant made a second request asking for full access to the records held by the Trust about … Continue reading Walsall NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Dec 2007

Doncaster College (Decision Notice): ICO 29 May 2008

The complainant requested information from Doncaster College relating to any investigation reports it holds concerning the conduct or financial issues relating to its senior managers over a four year period. The college refused this request under section 40(3) of the Freedom of information Act 2000. The Commissioner has concluded that the college should have cited … Continue reading Doncaster College (Decision Notice): ICO 29 May 2008

South Tyneside Council (Decision Notice): ICO 2 Sep 2013

The complainant has requested the proposal letters for any traffic parking schemes and the names of the proposers. South Tyneside Council provided the complainant with the proposal letters which it held but confirmed that some were not held. It refused to provide the names of proposers under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading South Tyneside Council (Decision Notice): ICO 2 Sep 2013

HM Treasury (Decision Notice): ICO 5 Sep 2011

The complainant made a number of requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) to HM Treasury (the Treasury) for information surrounding the consultation paper Restriction of pensions tax relief: a discussion document on the alternative approach dated July 2010. The requests which have been considered by the Commissioner within this Notice were … Continue reading HM Treasury (Decision Notice): ICO 5 Sep 2011

Magherafelt District Council (Decision Notice): ICO 19 May 2009

On 22 February 2008 the complainant requested information from Magherafelt District Council in relation to disciplinary action taken against members of The Council staff and the statistics involved. The complainant asked that the information cover the previous three year period. The complainant made it clear in his request that personal information about any individual was … Continue reading Magherafelt District Council (Decision Notice): ICO 19 May 2009

Northern Ireland Office (Decision Notice): ICO 31 Mar 2011

The complainant requested information relating to firearm permits granted to individuals with criminal convictions. The Northern Ireland Office (the NIO) provided some information, but refused to disclose the remainder under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it comprised sensitive personal data, disclosure of which would be unfair. The Commissioner considers that … Continue reading Northern Ireland Office (Decision Notice): ICO 31 Mar 2011

Upshire Primary Foundation School (Decision Notice): ICO 8 Feb 2012

The complainant requested information from Upshire Primary Foundation School (the school) about building work carried out in Upshire pre-school (the pre-school). The school disclosed some information and withheld some under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the FOIA). The Information Commissioner (the Commissioner) explained that he considered that the request should have … Continue reading Upshire Primary Foundation School (Decision Notice): ICO 8 Feb 2012

Dow Jones and Co Inc v Jameel: CA 3 Feb 2005

Presumption of Damage in Defamation is rebuttable The defendant complained that the presumption in English law that the victim of a libel had suffered damage was incompatible with his right to a fair trial. They said the statements complained of were repetitions of statements made by US authorities. The claimant had asserted that no more … Continue reading Dow Jones and Co Inc v Jameel: CA 3 Feb 2005

Cabinet Office (Central Government) – FS50676679: ICO 22 Nov 2017

The complainant requested information from the Cabinet Office relating to correspondence it received about a proposed visit from the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. The Cabinet Office refused the request under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) as it considered that compliance with the request would … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government) – FS50676679: ICO 22 Nov 2017

Ballymoney Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 30 Apr 2012

The complainant submitted a request to Ballymoney Borough Council (the Council) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information about the Council’s expenditure on legal fees for employment matters. The Commissioner has investigated the complaint and finds that the Council failed to provide the complainant with the information she requested or to issue a … Continue reading Ballymoney Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 30 Apr 2012

Home Office (Central Government) FS50654483: ICO 16 Mar 2017

ICO The complainant has requested information relating to five men arrested in the Winchelsea beach area, on suspicion of entering the UK illegally. The Home Office failed to respond to this request for information and the Commissioner’s decision is that in doing so the Home Office breached sections 1(1) and 10(1) of the Freedom of … Continue reading Home Office (Central Government) FS50654483: ICO 16 Mar 2017

East Sussex County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 5 Feb 2007

The complainant requested information from the public authority about its dealings with a named company. The public authority refused to disclose relying upon section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. As this is an absolute exemption the public authority did not have to consider the public interest. The Commissioner has considered the exempt … Continue reading East Sussex County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 5 Feb 2007

Cabinet Office (Central Government) FER0586914: ICO 9 Nov 2016

ICO The complainant requested correspondence between the Prince of Wales and Tony Blair. The Cabinet Office refused the request under section 37(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) as it considered the information – if held – would relate to communications with the heir to the throne. The Commissioner considers that the … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government) FER0586914: ICO 9 Nov 2016

Cabinet Office (Central Government) FER0587279: ICO 9 Nov 2016

ICO The complainant requested correspondence between the Prince of Wales (the Prince) and Tony Blair. The Cabinet Office refused to confirm or deny whether relevant information relevant to the request was held under section 37(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) because if any information was held it would relate to relate … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government) FER0587279: ICO 9 Nov 2016

Cabinet Office (Central Government): ICO 3 Nov 2016

ICO The complainant made a request under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding the EU referendum. The Commissioner requires the public authority to issue a substantive response to the complainant under the Act by either complying with section 1(1) or issuing a valid refusal notice. FOI 1: Upheld FOI … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government): ICO 3 Nov 2016

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50611914: ICO 4 Aug 2016

ICO The complainant has requested a breakdown of the current market rents (CMRs), in particular the andpound;/m2 or andpound;/sq.ft, for practices in Herts Valleys as well as the premises grade for each practice. NHS England provided the complainant with information relating to premise grading but refused to provide information regarding the cost of individual premises … Continue reading NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50611914: ICO 4 Aug 2016

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Nov 2009

The complainant requested information from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council relating to the issue of redundant school land not meeting expectations in the current financial crisis. The Council refused to comply with the request on the grounds that it considered it to be vexatious under section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the … Continue reading Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Nov 2009

Charity Commission (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Nov 2009

The complainant made a request to the Charity Commission for details of correspondence it had entered into with the National Trust on a specific issue. The Charity Commission provided some information. However, it refused to provide any additional information on the basis that it was exempt under sections 40(2) and 41 of the Freedom of … Continue reading Charity Commission (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Nov 2009

Cabinet Office (Central Government): ICO 18 May 2015

ICO The complainant requested the phone number of the unit or department within the Cabinet Office responsible for handling requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). By the date of the decision notice the complainant had not received a response to his request. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Cabinet Office … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government): ICO 18 May 2015

Evans and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Attorney General: SC 26 Mar 2015

The Attorney General appealed against a decision for the release under the Act and Regulations of letters from HRH The Prince of Wales to various ministers and government departments. Held: The appeal failed (Majority). The A-G had not been free to rely upon section 53 to issue a certificate avoiding the requirement to disclose the … Continue reading Evans and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Attorney General: SC 26 Mar 2015

Department of The Environment Northern Ireland (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Jun 2011

The complainant asked the public authority to provide information relating to a disciplinary investigation into a named member of staff. The public authority refused to disclose the information relying on section 40(2) of the Act. The Commissioner finds that the public authority should have refused to confirm or deny whether it held the information falling … Continue reading Department of The Environment Northern Ireland (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Jun 2011

Department of Health (Decision Notice): ICO 4 May 2006

ICO The complainant requested a list of NHS suppliers together with fax and telephone numbers. Although the list of NHS suppliers was provided, the fax and telephone numbers were refused on the grounds that the information comprised personal data and that disclosure would breach the Data Protection Act. The Commissioner contacted the public authority which … Continue reading Department of Health (Decision Notice): ICO 4 May 2006

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 24 Nov 2008

ICO The complainant made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for information relating to how many cases involving the Kent and Sussex Hospital were referred to the North West Kent Coroner’s office between April 2004 and September 2006 and the proportion of those cases … Continue reading Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 24 Nov 2008