ICO Decision On Ministry Of Education HQ

November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 26/2019, which concerns the search conducted by the Ministry of Education Headquarters in its original handling of a request under the PATI Act.

A spokesperson said, “On 8 November 2019, Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 26/2019 Ministry of Education Headquarters. This Decision concerns the reasonableness of the search conducted by the Ministry of Education Headquarters [Ministry] in its original handling of a request under the Public Access to Information [PATI] Act 2010.

“In Decision 26/2019, the requester sought records related to the Ministry’s Adopt-a-School programme. The requester sought an Information Commissioner’s review of the Ministry’s decision, which disclosed some records but stated that no other records related to the programme were held. During the Information Commissioner’s review, the Ministry agreed to conduct additional searches and was able to locate additional responsive records.

“The Information Commissioner held that the Ministry did not conduct a reasonable search in its original handling of the PATI request, but was satisfied that the additional searches conducted during the review was reasonable.

“The Information Commissioner has required the Ministry to process the records responsive to the PATI request and issue a new initial decision denying or granting access to the records in accordance with the PATI Act within six weeks.”

A full version of Decision 26/2019 follows below [PDF here]:

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