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A complaint against the Insolvency Service requested information relating to changes in insolvency legislation and associated policies. The public authority has confirmed that it holds information but found that it was exempt under section 35(1)(a) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the exemption is engaged and that the public interest in maintaining it outweighs that in disclosure. He does not require the public authority to take any steps.
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.