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Government forced to release airport safety data

The Department for Transport has been given 35 days to release data requested by AEF, or else face possible high court action.

AEF first formally requested the information, which relates to how planning rules to ensure safety around airports are decided, in May 2011. But the Department repeatedly declined to release it citing concerns about commercial confidentiality. The Information Commissioner has, however, rejected DfT’s argument, and in addition has criticised what he considers ‘unacceptable delay’ by the Government in handling the request.

For more information please see AEF’s briefing.

See also ICO decision document (also available on the ICO website) and AEF press release.