ICO The complainant requested a report on the role of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) refused the request in reliance on the exemption at section 35(1)(a) of the FOIA. During the Commissioner’s investigation OFMDFM disclosed part of the report to the complainant, and two of the three annexes to that report. The Commissioner’s decision is that the exemption is engaged in relation to the outstanding withheld information, and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing this information. The Commissioner does not require any steps to be taken.
Section of Act/EIR and Finding: FOI 35 – Complaint Not upheld
 UKICO FS50497952
England and Wales
Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.529015