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Bell v Information Commissioner 0134: FTTGRC 26 Feb 2013

Appeal against a decision that application was vexatious – allowed Citations: [2013] UKFTT EA – 2012 – 0134 (GRC) Links: Bailii Statutes: Freedom of Information Act 2000 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Information Updated: 16 June 2022; Ref: scu.517853

Kelly (A Minor) v British Broadcasting Corporation: FD 25 Jul 2000

K, aged 16, had left home to join what was said to be a religious sect. His whereabouts were unknown. He had been made a ward of court and the Official Solicitor was appointed to represent his interests. He had sent messages to say that he was well and did not wish to return. The … Continue reading Kelly (A Minor) v British Broadcasting Corporation: FD 25 Jul 2000

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

G v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 1 Jul 2014

Judges: NJ Warren Citations: [2014] UKFTT 2011 – 0101 (GRC), EA/2011/0101 Links: Bailii Statutes: Freedom of Information Act 2000 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – G v Information Commissioner and English Hertitage UTAA 22-May-2013 Tribunal procedure and practice (including UT) – The decision of the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) following a paper … Continue reading G v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 1 Jul 2014

Stott v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 16 Jul 2014

FTTGC Dismissed – Formulation or development of government policy s.35(1)(a) – We have decided to dismiss the appeal because the records of meetings of a Task and Finish Group established by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2012 in respect of certain proposed legislation was exempt information under section 35(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading Stott v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 16 Jul 2014

Newton v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 22 Jun 2015

FTTGC Disclosure of information the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’) and reliance by the Public Authority, the Sheffield City Council (‘the Council’), on Section 14(1) in the fact that they regard the requests as vaxatious. Held: Dismissed [2015] UKFTT 2014 – 0179 (GRC) Bailii Freedom of Information Act 2000 Information Updated: 02 January 2022; … Continue reading Newton v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 22 Jun 2015

Dransfield v The Information Commissioner: CA 14 May 2015

Appeals raised the question of the scope of the power of a public authority to reject a request under the 2000 Act and, in addition, under the 2004 Regulations on the grounds that the request was ‘vexatious’ and ‘manifestly unreasonable’. Held: The claimant’s appeals were dismissd. The court gave guidance as to the exercise of … Continue reading Dransfield v The Information Commissioner: CA 14 May 2015

John v Information Commissioner and Ofsted (Information Rights : Freedom of Information – Right of Access): UTAA 6 Oct 2014

Information Rights : Freedom of Information – Right of Access ‘Suppose that both a public authority and a person who has requested information from that authority disagree with a decision notice served by the Information Commissioner under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which I call FOIA. Is it necessary for them … Continue reading John v Information Commissioner and Ofsted (Information Rights : Freedom of Information – Right of Access): UTAA 6 Oct 2014

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

Information Commissioner (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

The complainant requested information held by the ICO in relation to various trade union groups. The ICO confirmed that it held the relevant information but refused to provide it on the grounds that it was exempt from disclosure under section 44(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by virtue of section 59(1) of the … Continue reading Information Commissioner (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

Cubells v Information Commissioner (The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009): FTTGRC 17 Jul 2014

Application to have claim struck out by consent. [2014] UKFTT 2014 – 0066 (GRC) Bailii The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009 Citing: See Also – Cubells, Regina (on The Application of) v Independent Police Complaints Commission CA 15-Oct-2012 The claimant’s mother had died in hospital. The claimant said that she had … Continue reading Cubells v Information Commissioner (The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009): FTTGRC 17 Jul 2014

Innes v Information Commissioner and Another: CA 31 Jul 2014

Appeal against a decision upholding the decision of the First Tier Tribunal which upheld a decision of the Information Commissioner, the First Respondent rejecting a complaint brought by the Appellant. It arises out of a series of requests made by Mr Innes in the course of 2009 and 2010 under the terms of the Freedom … Continue reading Innes v Information Commissioner and Another: CA 31 Jul 2014

Browning v The Information Commissioner, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: CA 30 Jul 2014

The court was asked: ‘When the First-tier Tribunal is hearing an appeal against a decision of the Information Commissioner, in what circumstances (if any) can it lawfully adopt a closed material procedure in which a party and his legal representatives are excluded from the hearing or part of it?’ Mauric Kay, Patten, McCombe LJJ [2014] … Continue reading Browning v The Information Commissioner, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: CA 30 Jul 2014

Cubells v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 2 Dec 2013

FTTG FOIA s.40 (5) (b) (I) Data Protection Act, 1998 (‘the DPA’) Schedule 1, Part 1 Requests for personal data. [2013] UKFTT EA – 2013 – 0038 (GRC Bailii Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998 England and Wales Citing: See Also – Cubells, Regina (on The Application of) v Independent Police Complaints … Continue reading Cubells v Information Commissioner: FTTGRC 2 Dec 2013

Evans v The Information Commissioner and Others: CA 12 Mar 2014

Mr Evans had sought release under the 2000 Act of leers from the Prince of Wales to variou government ministers. The Upper Tribunal had allowed his appeal aganst refusal, but the Attorney had then issued a certificate that in his opinion, the information had been properly withheld. Mr Evans now appealed against refusal of judicial … Continue reading Evans v The Information Commissioner and Others: CA 12 Mar 2014

APG v Information Commissioner and The Ministry of Defence: UTAA 15 Apr 2011

UTAA Freedom of Information Act 2000 – cost of compliance and appropriate limit – time for compliance – refusal notice – exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit – late reliance on exemptions – code of practice – advice and assistance – qualified exemptions – legal professional privilege – defence – international relations – … Continue reading APG v Information Commissioner and The Ministry of Defence: UTAA 15 Apr 2011

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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

Evans, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Attorney General and Another: CA 12 Mar 2014

The claimant journalist had requested disclosure under the 2000 Act of correspondence between the Prince of Wales and government departments. The Upper Tribunal had found that matters where the prince had acted as advocate were disclosable. Lord Dyson MR, Richards, Pitchford LJJ [2014] EWCA Civ 254, [2014] 2 WLR 1334, [2014] Env LR 26, [2014] … Continue reading Evans, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Attorney General and Another: CA 12 Mar 2014

Leeds City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 4 Mar 2010

The complainant complained about the Council’s response to a number of requests he made regarding a planning application. He complained that he did not consider that Leeds City Council had provided all the information it held and about the fact it had applied the exemption under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 … Continue reading Leeds City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 4 Mar 2010

Leeds City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 12 Sep 2011

The complainant requested, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), all the information it held on its internet and intranet IT systems for two years in a specified format and all other information held electronically about a set of meetings. The Council considered that the request was in its context vexatious by virtue … Continue reading Leeds City Council (Decision Notice): ICO 12 Sep 2011

Civil Aviation Authority (Decision Notice): ICO 28 Oct 2009

The complainant requested copies of Mandatory Occurrence Reports (MOR) by XL Airways in the 12 months before they went out of business. The Public Authority relied on section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) to withhold the information. The Public Authority cited section 23 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 as the … Continue reading Civil Aviation Authority (Decision Notice): ICO 28 Oct 2009

Worcestershire County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 31 May 2006

The complainant requested various information about WCC’s treatment of her mother. There is no evidence that the Complainant had any right to act on her mother’s behalf, or that her mother has given consent for information about her care to be provided to the Complainant. The Complainant also asked for information about the complaint she … Continue reading Worcestershire County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 31 May 2006

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 25 Sep 2006

The complainant requested a copy of a report prepared by the public authority on the hull of a steamship in the process of construction. The public authority declined relying upon an exemption under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 indicating that release of the information would prejudice or be likely to prejudice … Continue reading Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 25 Sep 2006

Halton Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 3 Dec 2008

The complainant made a request for information to Halton Borough Council (the ‘Council’) on 6 June 2006. The request was refused under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’) on the grounds that the information was protected by legal professional privilege, that the Council’s commercial interests would be harmed by the disclosure of the … Continue reading Halton Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 3 Dec 2008

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (Decision Notice): ICO 8 Oct 2012

The complainant requested copies of all correspondence received by the PSOW in relation to his complaint against a named Councillor. The PSOW refused to provide the information relying on section 44(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’). The Commissioner’s decision is that the PSOW correctly relied on section 44(1)(a) of the Act … Continue reading Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (Decision Notice): ICO 8 Oct 2012

Highways Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 6 Feb 2013

The complainant has requested information relating to ‘The Road Worker Safety Action Forum’ from April 2007 until April 2012 inclusive. The Highways Agency provided some information to the complainant. It withheld 15 documents under section 36(2)(b)(ii) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It said that section 40(2) FOIA was also applicable to some of … Continue reading Highways Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 6 Feb 2013

Health and Safety Executive (Decision Notice): ICO 28 Mar 2011

The complainant requested a copy of the public authority’s report into an accident involving their client. Although some information was provided to the complainant under the Data Protection Act 1998 the public authority refused to provide some information on the grounds that it was exempt under section 30(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. … Continue reading Health and Safety Executive (Decision Notice): ICO 28 Mar 2011

English Heritage (Decision Notice): ICO 1 Sep 2011

The complainant made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to English Heritage for information relating to a statement in the Bath List. English Heritage stated that no information relevant to the scope of the request was held. The complainant was not satisfied that no information was held. The Commissioner has considered the … Continue reading English Heritage (Decision Notice): ICO 1 Sep 2011

National Archives (Decision Notice): ICO 7 Aug 2007

The National Archives refused to allow the complainant access to the closed parts of named Foreign and Commonwealth Office files relating to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). The Commissioner decided that section 27 is engaged and that the balance of the public interest … Continue reading National Archives (Decision Notice): ICO 7 Aug 2007

Stoke-On-Trent City Council (Local Government (City Council)): ICO 18 Mar 2015

The complainant requested information relating to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s (the Council) Framework Agreement for the provision of domiciliary care and carer support for younger adults and older people. The Council provided what it considered to be the extent of the information held. Some information was redacted under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading Stoke-On-Trent City Council (Local Government (City Council)): ICO 18 Mar 2015

Treasury Solicitors (Central Government): ICO 16 Mar 2015

The complainant requested the number of times an employee of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) accused people of making fraudulent claims for money. TSol confirmed that some relevant information was held. The Commissioner’s decision is that TSol should have instead refused the request under section 40(5)(b)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) … Continue reading Treasury Solicitors (Central Government): ICO 16 Mar 2015

Department of The Environment Northern Ireland (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Oct 2006

The complainant, on 3 May 2005, requested information from the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland in respect of the legal opinion provided to the Department in relation to the demolition of the building known as Rock Castle. The Department withheld the information on the basis that it is exempt under section 42 of … Continue reading Department of The Environment Northern Ireland (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Oct 2006

The United States of America v Nolan: SC 21 Oct 2015

Mrs Nolan had been employed at a US airbase. When it closed, and she was made redundant, she complained that the appellant had not consulted properly on the redundancies. The US denied that it had responsibility to consult, and now appealed. Held: The appeal failed (Lord Carnworth dissenting). That the exact situation might not have … Continue reading The United States of America v Nolan: SC 21 Oct 2015

Kent County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 24 Oct 2011

After reading a particular press article, the complainant requested information relating to a number of social services cases that had been reviewed by Kent County Council. The article referred to over 500 cases that caused concern. The council said that it did not hold the information. Following the Commissioner’s intervention, the council conceded that it … Continue reading Kent County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 24 Oct 2011

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Oct 2011

The complainant has requested information relating to two recommendations contained in the CNWL Report and Action Plan relating to disciplinary action against [named nurse]. The Commissioner’s decision is that CNWL correctly refused to confirm or deny whether or not the information was held under section 40(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The … Continue reading Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 10 Oct 2011

Cabinet Office (Decision Notice) FS50085720: ICO 22 Dec 2009

ICO The complainant asked the public authority for a copy of the Cabinet Office’s Manual of Protective Security. The public authority provided some sections of the Manual but withheld other parts, citing the exemptions contained in sections 21(1), 23(1), 24(1), 27(1)(a), 31 and 36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’). After the … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Decision Notice) FS50085720: ICO 22 Dec 2009

Milton Keynes Council (Decision Notice): ICO 29 Nov 2010

ICO On 10 November 2008 the complainant requested that Milton Keynes Council should make all the documentation it held which related to Petsoe Wind Farm available for inspection. The council’s response to the request was piecemeal and protracted. Initially, some information was provided and some refused under section 21 and section 22 of the Freedom … Continue reading Milton Keynes Council (Decision Notice): ICO 29 Nov 2010