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Sellafield

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many freedom of information requests have been made to his Department in respect of Sellafield since January 2005; how many have received a substantive reply providing the information requested; how many have been refused; and on what grounds each refusal was made. (94229)

The Department has received five FOI requests in respect of Sellafield since January 2005.

Of those five requests, two were refused in full under s12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the cost of compliance would have exceeded the “appropriate limit” cost threshold. The requesters were offered advice and assistance on how to refine their requests but did not take up this opportunity.

One request was refused in full under s36 of the Act, exempting information whose disclosure would prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, and another was refused in part under the same exemption.

The final request was refused in part with some information withheld under the exemptions at s41 exempting information provided in confidence and s43 exempting information whose disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.