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Freedom of Information Act 2000

Section 27: International relations

101.Subsection (1) exempts information the disclosure of which would, or would be likely to, prejudice relations between the United Kingdom and any other State or international organisation, or international court, the interests of the United Kingdom abroad, or the promotion or protection by the United Kingdom of those interests. The definition of “State” includes the Government of any State and any organ of such government.

102.Subsection (2) exempts confidential information obtained from a State or international organisation or international court. Subsection (3) sets out what is meant by “confidential” for this purpose.

103.Subsection (4) provides that the obligation under section 1(1)(a) to confirm or deny that the requested information is held does not arise if the information is exempt by virtue of subsection (1) or (2) if to comply:

  • would, or would be likely to, result in the harm set out in relation to international relations; or

  • would itself involve the disclosure of confidential information (whether recorded or not) obtained from another State or international organisation.

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