The complainant requested information from the Department for Communities and Local Government (‘the authority’) about internal meetings relating to planning guidance for shale gas sites, correspondence relating to planning permission for shale gas sites, and information on meetings and correspondence involving oil and gas companies also relating to the latter issue. The authority said that the information was not held. There is an exception under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the EIR’) when information is not held. The Commissioner’s decision is that the exception under regulation 12(4)(a) applies in this case and he does not require the authority to take any steps.
EIR 12(4)(a): Not upheld
 UKICO FER0554938
England and Wales
Updated: 27 June 2022; Ref: scu.555076