- 20 Aug 2018
Date received: 29 July 2018
Date responded: 20 August 2018
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under sections s.29(1)(b), s.33(1)(b) and s.38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why those exemptions apply are explained in the Annex A of this letter.
s. 29(1)(c): This information is exempt under section 29(1)(c) as it relates to the provision of advice by any Law Officers.
s. 33(1)(b): This information is exempt under section 33(1)(b) as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of any person. “Person” includes a public authority, company and partnership.
s. 38(1)(b): applies to a very small part of the information you have requested which has been redacted. This relates to individuals’ names. It is exempt from release because it is personal data and its release would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998.
This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.
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