The complainant requested from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) information relating to the correspondence between the Secretary of State and the Prince of Wales during a specific time period. The FCDO refused to confirm or deny whether it held information within the scope of the request, citing section 12(2) (cost limits) of the FOIA.The Commissioner’s decision is that the FCDO was entitled to refuse to comply with the request in accordance with section 12(2) of the FOIA. He also finds that the FCDO met its obligations under 16(1) of the FOIA to offer advice and assistance. The Commissioner does not require the FCDO to take any steps.
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