Thursday, June 04, 2009

ICO rules on FOI complaint into the alleged abuse of the honours system

ICO press release
4 June 2009
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to release some of the information from a senior investigating officer’s report relating to an investigation into alleged abuse of the honours system in 1997. The ICO has ordered that the information should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The ICO accepted that disclosing the report in full, including the names of witnesses, may restrict the flow of information to the force which could prejudice future investigations. However, as the investigation into the alleged abuse of the honours system was closed in 1999, the ICO considered that disclosure of paragraphs 15-21 of the police report would not cause disruption. In addition, the MPS provided no evidence that the investigation would be re-opened.

Read the full decision notice -
FS50153447 Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service

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