Information Management Dept
Milton Keynes MK19 7BH
Tel: 01908 516955
Fax: 01908 515692
Mr Marc Jones
By e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 August 2013
Dear Mr Jones FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST – REF: 0544-13
Thank you for your e-mail of 10 June requesting access, under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA), to the following material retained by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FCO 8/2872 - folio 4
A review of the material has deemed that it remains sensitive under Section 27 (1) (a) of the
FOIA, which states that:
“Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to,
(a) relations between the United Kingdom and any other State”
The exemption in Section 27 is qualified and is subject to the balance of the public interest.
This means that a public interest test must be carried out to determine whether the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
information, as set out below.
In favour of release: we acknowledge that disclosure of information relating to the UK’s
relations with Bahrain would add to the understanding and knowledge of this subject. There
is a public interest in a greater understanding of the United Kingdom's foreign relations and
the information could also aid the public to a better historical understanding of Britain's
In favour of withholding: however, in this case we consider that the effective conduct of the
United Kingdom's bilateral relations with countries in the Gulf region, and its ability to protect
and promote its interests in this region, would be compromised if we released this
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting the reference number
above in any future communications.
If you wish to make a complaint or if you would like a review of our decision, please write to
the FOI and DPA Team at Room K4.10-13, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH, or by
e-mail to email@example.com.
Please note that you have 40 working days from the date
of this letter in which to submit a request for an internal review.
If you are not content with the outcome of the review and/or your complaint, you may then
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information
Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the FCO. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
Information Management Department
We keep and use information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. We may release this personal information to other UK
government departments and public authorities.