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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1992 - SECT 20

20 .         Agency may refuse to deal with application in certain cases

        (1)         If the agency considers that the work involved in dealing with the access application would divert a substantial and unreasonable portion of the agency’s resources away from its other operations, the agency has to take reasonable steps to help the applicant to change the application to reduce the amount of work needed to deal with it.

        (2)         If after help has been given to change the access application the agency still considers that the work involved in dealing with the application would divert a substantial and unreasonable portion of the agency’s resources away from its other operations, the agency may refuse to deal with the application.

        (3)         If, under subsection (2), the agency refuses to deal with the access application, it has to give the applicant written notice of the refusal without delay.

        (4)         The notice has to give details of —

            (a)         the reasons for the refusal and the findings on any material questions of fact underlying those reasons, referring to the material on which those findings are based; and

            (b)         the rights of review under this Act and the procedure to be followed to exercise those rights.



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