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Guide to interpreting and using section 25A(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

The power in s 25A(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to categorically refuse an access request, where it is apparent from the face of the request that all documents sought are or would be exempt, will only be available in limited circumstances.

The Information Commissioner encourages agencies to engage with applicants with a view to assisting them to rescope a request so as to avoid the use of s 25A(5) and allow a request to be processed under the Act. This is a practical guide to interpreting and using section 25A(5).

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