The complainant has requested information held by the Cabinet Office relating to the Care Quality Commission between specified dates. The Cabinet Office originally refused the request under section 12 (cost limit), but during the course of the Commissioner’s investigation sought to rely on section 14 (vexatious request) instead. The Cabinet Office claimed that section 14 applied because compliance with the request would constitute a grossly oppressive burden. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Cabinet Office has failed to demonstrate that the request is vexatious. Therefore the Cabinet Office was not entitled to refuse the request under section 14 of the FOIA.

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