Qualified exemptions

A public authority may refuse to supply some, or all, of the information you have requested because it is qualified exempt information.

This means that the information must be of the type referred to by the exemption and the public authority must consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

For some exemptions, the public authority must determine that a specified prejudice or harm would, or would be likely to occur if the information was disclosed before considering the public interest.

The qualified exemptions are:

When responding to a request the public authority is required to give consideration to the possibility of removing exempt information while disclosing all non-exempt information.

Guidance on all the qualified exemptions, 'public interest' and 'prejudice and likelihood' are available below. Guidance on the exemptions may be revised over time. 

Further guidance for public authorities is contained in the Code of Practice.