A complaint against the Insolvency Service requested access to the bankruptcy information of a third party under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI). The Service responded that, when acting as a trustee in bankruptcy, the official receiver is a statutory office holder and not a public authority subject to FoI. The officer acting for the Information Commissioner’s Office agreed and no further steps are required.
Complaints made against The Insolvency Service for possible breaches of the Freedom of Information Act are reviewed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO investigate the complaint and issue a decision notice containing the Information Commissioner’s view on whether the complaint is merited. This decision notice may contain instructions which The Insolvency Service must follow.