Hertfordshire County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 16 Mar 2011

The complainant requested information about extremist groups, racist incidents in schools and ethnicity of teaching staff within the North Hertfordshire council district. The public authority provided some information, stated that other information was not held by it and refused some information on the grounds of the exemptions provided at section 36(2)(c) and 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. The Commissioner finds that the refused information was correctly refused under section 36(2)(c) of the Act and has therefore not gone on to consider the public authority’s application of section 40(2). He finds that the public authority breached section 1(1)(a) of the Act in failing to state that certain detailed information was not held by it, and section 10 of the Act because some information was provided outside the 20 working day timescale. He requires no action to be taken.
Section of Act/EIR and Finding: FOI 1 – Complaint Upheld, FOI 10 – Complaint Upheld, FOI 36 – Complaint Not upheld


[2011] UKICO FS50297517




England and Wales


Updated: 28 January 2022; Ref: scu.530337