A public authority may withhold information either in part, or in full, if:
- the information is absolutely exempt; or
- the information is qualified exempt.
A public authority must give the applicant a refusal notice if it is not going to provide the information sought, in part or in full.
Offence of record tampering
Public authorities should be aware of section 63 of FOIA which introduces this offence. A person commits an offence if they alter, deface, erase, destroy or conceal information held by the public authority with the intention of preventing the public authority from supplying the information to the applicant who is entitled to it.