I agree with Chris, that the notice makes for strange reading. I went through it yesterday with a friend and was particularly struck by the claims of urgent "Health and Safety" concerns and the bizarre inclusion of "Fees" as another serious concern. The latter made me feel that they are scraping the bottom of the barrel for justifications to keep very old material secret, and the former just baffled me.
Section 38 – Health and safety
99. Information is exempt under this section if its disclosure would or would be likely to endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or endanger the safety of any individual.
Who is going to have their mental health or physical safety endangered after 120 years???
This reason strikes me as preposterous. The only sense I can make of it is that is a roundabout way of claiming "official embarrassment"
(i.e. "Mental Health") as a reason to keep century-old information out of the public domain.
I say keep digging!
Last edited by Archaic : 06-13-2010 at 12:00 AM.