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 ‘any honour or dignity’. This was exempted from disclosure under both the 1998 and the 2000 Acts (though limited in the second case). Moreover, in the particular respect under consideration the Directive has been implemented in a way that was compliant and proportionate.

Knowles J
[2015] EWHC 45 (QB)
Data Protection Act 1998 7 37, Freedom of Information Act 2000 37, Data Protection Directive 95/46/EU
England and Wales

Information, Constitutional, European

Updated: 12 January 2022; Ref: scu.541574